U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks today criticized a Republican-drawn redistricting map that would slice Tacoma off of his district.
Four redistricting commissioners unveiled maps Tuesday, including Tom Huff, who wants to put Olympia, Lacey and Bainbridge Island into Dicks’s 6th Congressional District and move Tacoma and Gig Harbor into Rep. Adam Smith‘s 9th district.
Dicks said Huff “made a serious mistake.”
“Taking me out of Tacoma is very hard to understand. The other three commissioners all keep Tacoma in my district,” Dicks said in an interview. “I just think this looks very political.”
Dicks noted he has represented Tacoma since his first election to Congress in 1976 and said there’s an important tie between Tacoma and Bremerton in that both areas are home to military bases. Dicks is the top Democrat on the defense budget subcommittee. Read more »