Friday, the Cochise County Redistricting Advisory Commission (RAC) met for the second time to discuss next steps in the possible redrawing of boundaries for the Board of Supervisors, Justices of the Peace, and Cochise College districts.
The advisory commission is made up of elected officials and residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The meeting agenda consisted of a discussion on the possible options and outcomes of redistricting the Board of Supervisor district boundaries. District 1 representative Rachel Gray, Sierra Vista mayor pro tem, requested grouping Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca in the same district, as their community interests are closely aligned.
During the collaborative and informative discussion, various map mockups of district lines were assessed and reviewed by the group, keeping in mind that per law, each district must meet the requirement of a close to equal population and take community interests into account. All commissioners had an opportunity to voice their concerns, share ideas, and suggest ideal alternatives that best reflect the interests of each of their communities.
"We must decide what's best for our districts," said Jerry Hatfield, District 1, Chairman of the RAC.
Commissioners also approved a tentative schedule for the upcoming public hearings. Citizens of Cochise County will have the opportunity to attend one of the public meetings around the county or via internet streaming, to provide input and insights that will help inform the redrawing of boundaries.
To view the RAC meeting agenda, minutes, and video recording, visit the Cochise County Agendas & Minutes site.
Public hearing dates are tentatively scheduled for the following dates and locations:
- Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6:00 pm in Benson/Willcox
- Monday, Nov. 8 at 6:00 pm in Bisbee/Douglas
- Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6:00 pm in SV/Huachuca City/Tombstone
Public hearing dates and locations are not yet final and can still be modified.
The next Redistricting Advisory Commission meeting will be held on
October 15, 2021, at 9:00 am at the Cochise County offices in Bisbee.
For more information on redistricting, visit https://www.cochise.az.gov/805/Redistricting-2021-2022.