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PIERCE COUNTY: More partisan political games?

Letter by Roger Ansteth, Tacoma on July 21, 2011 at 9:45 am | 2 Comments »
July 21, 2011 4:25 pm

Re: “Trim County Council by 2?” (TNT, 7-20).

Pierce County just finished a County Council redistricting process, an expense that we must bear every 10 years, following the U.S. Census. Not everyone was happy with the results, and in my opinion they seem to have devised a plan to force a “do over.”

Roger Bush, chairman of the County Council, has sponsored a bill to decrease the size of the council by two seats, forcing a new redistricting process. This proposal is supposed to save us, the taxpayers, more money. Really?

The addition of 40,000 constituents to the remaining five districts will likely require hiring additional staff to handle the caseloads. This is in addition to a whole new redistricting process and ballot measure expenses (the Pierce County auditor’s office and prosecuting attorney’s office expenses).

This is very suspicious. Why not let the charter review deal with this in due course? What is the emergency?

One has to wonder. Could the motive be to eliminate the possibility of a Democrat filling either of the two seats that two termed-out Republicans are vacating? Is it so the three incumbent Republican seats will hold a majority over the two incumbent Democratic seats?

Does a certain chairman have his sights set on the county executive position, as there is also a proposal to hide the party affiliation of candidates for that office.


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