It’s all speculation at this point. But some think the state’s new 10th Congressional District could be put east of Seattle to include the suburbs of Bellevue and environs, and this could help Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert hold onto his 8th district seat.
Geographer Dick Morrill has written that Olympia is likely to be at the center of any new 10th district. But the P-I.com had this story that quotes former state GOP chair Chris Vance on the-10th-could-go-on-the-Eastside theory.
The Census confirmed Tuesday that Washington gets a 10th district, which an independent Washington State Redistricting Commission will carve out of the state’s political map, which David Ammons of the Office of the Secretary of State released a link to.
According to Ammons:
Every district has grown – some far more than others – in the past decade. This map shows how much over the new ideal population the current nine districts are. The 8th is the most over-populated, 137,000 over the ideal population of 672,454 once we are carved into 10 districts. The 3rd is the next fattest – 115,000 too many people. The 2nd and the 4th are both about 90,000 too big and the 1st is about 67,000 too big. The 5th and the 9th need to shrink by about 50,000. The 6th and 7th are about 34,000 over ideal size.