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Redistricting causes issues in House Dist. 65 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

A recently approved house district map has led State Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan) to make the tough decision to step down and allow State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) to run for re-election in the newly reapportioned 65th House District.

Becker will finish out his term which will end when the new representative is sworn into office in 2013 after the November 2012 election.

The announcement came Tuesday, Dec. 27, weeks after the Colorado Supreme Court approved the final redistricting plans.

The new 65th district encompasses Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick and Yuma counties and draws Becker and Sonnenberg into the same district.

The final plans were adopted Nov. 29, 2011 by the Colorado Reapportionment Commission and submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court Dec. 5. The court approved the plans Dec. 12 and filed them with the Colorado Secretary of State Dec. 14.

The maps will go into effect this month after precinct boundaries are finalized.

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission is appointed every decade to decide new boundaries. This year, five Republicans, five Democrats and one unaffiliated member were on the commission.

The court signed off on the maps, which the commission approved on a party-line vote with the unaffiliated chairman siding with the Democrats.

“It is a terrible situation when eastern Colorado has to lose one of its three strong voices in the legislature,” Sonnenberg said. “With 65 members in the House we can’t continue to lose rural representation.”

2011 approved House Districts

2001 approved House Districts

Holyoke Enterprise January 5, 2012