Many Finn Hill residents are up in arms about a plan to redistrict the county and move Finn Hill into District 1, splitting it from the rest of Kirkland which is in District 6.
Earlier this year, a committee made up of both Democrats and Republicans was appointed with the charge of redrawing King County Council district lines in order to accommodate population growth in the County (mostly on the Eastside) and to ensure that districts encompass roughly equivalent numbers of residents (about 215,000 per district). A series of public hearings was held over the summer.
A redistricting plan has been submitted which recommends that Finn Hill be moved out of District 6 (which includes Kirkland, Bellevue and Mercer Island) and into District 1 (which includes Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest, Shorewood, North Seattle and a portion of Woodinville).
Currently, Jane Hague represents District 6; she is running for re-election against challenger Richard Mitchell. Bob Ferguson, who is not up for re-election this year, represents District 1.
The public’s last opportunity to comment on the redistricting proposal is at a committee meeting tomorrow night, November 1, at 6:30pm, in the King County Council chambers. You can also comment online via the committee’s website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/districting/testimony.aspx. Comments are due by tomorrow, November 1.
The committee’s website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/districting.aspx.
The Seattle Times article about redistricting: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016652370_redistricting31m.html.
A public hearing on the subject will be held:
Tuesday, November 1 - Public Hearing
6:30-8:30 p.m. King County Courthouse Council Chambers, 10th Floor 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104