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Redistricting, Part 2

New maps still put Green, Kraayenbrink together

The latest attempt to redesign the legislative districts in Iowa still puts two state senators from Webster County into the same proposed district.

State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink. R-Fort Dodge, and state Sen. Jesse Green, R-Harcourt, both live in the proposed Senate District 4.

That potential matchup was included in the first set of proposed new maps that was rejected by the legislature on Oct. 5.

It is not the only carryover from the first proposal that impacts Webster County. In fact, the newly proposed state Senate and House of Representatives districts for the area are essentially the same as what they were in the first redistricting plan.

The Iowa Legislative Services Agency made changes in other areas of the state to attempt to address concerns by the state Senate, which rejected the first proposal .After the Senate rejected the proposal, the House did not even consider it.

“I think the process is working because a lot of things that we asked about have changed,” Kraayenbrink said. “I think they did a good job of going back and doing what we asked them to do.”

The proposal again places Green and Kraayenbrink in a new Senate District 4, that includes Calhoun, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster counties.

If the redistricting is approved, that Senate District 4 seat would be on the ballot in November 2022. But it would also be on the ballot again in November 2024.

Kraayenbrink, who now represents Senate District 5, said that is because the Senate district is switching from an odd number to an even number, and even-numbered seats are always on the ballot during presidential election years.

Kraayenbrink said the switch from an odd-numbered district to an even-numbered one is related to population shifts. The shifts, he said, mean rural parts of Iowa are losing two Senate seats while the Des Moines metro area is gaining two seats.

State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, said his proposed new district of Calhoun, Pocahontas and Sac counties plus western Webster County is “a good district for me.”

Sexton said he wants the House to take the lead on the redistricting when the legislature meets in special session Thursday to consider it.

“I’m pretty sure that Plan 2 would pass the House,” he said. “I don’t want to go to Map 3.”

State Rep. Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge, lives in a district that would include Fort Dodge and southeastern Webster County. She now represents a district that includes Fort Dodge and northwestern Webster County.

“I’m happy with my map,” she said.

New proposed districts in Webster County

Senate District 4: Calhoun, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster counties

House District 7: Fort Dodge and eastern Webster County

House District 8: Calhoun, Pocahontas and Sac counties, plus western Webster County

Current legislative districts in Webster County

Senate District 5: Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas and most of Webster County (Sen. Tim Krayyenbrink, R-Fort Dodge)

Senate District 24: Boone, Greene, Hamilton and southeastern Webster County (Sen. Jesse Green, R-Harcourt)

House District 9: Fort Dodge and part of Webster County (Rep. Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge)

House District 10: Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas and southwestern Webster County (Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City)

House District 48: Hamilton County, eastern Boone County, northwest Story County and southeast Webster County (Rep. Rob Bacon, R-Slater)

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