Washington's New Legislative Map May Create First Majority Hispanic District

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Washington's Hispanic residents may finally be rewarded for existing. The prize: A brand-new legislative district.


Four new draft proposals were unveiled today with different plans to slice up Washington State's Congressional and legislative real estate.

The key parts of the proposals concern where to stick Washington's brand new 10th Congressional District, which was gifted to the state following the latest census, which showed a 830,000-person increase to the state's population.

Democrats mainly want the district around Olympia, possibly extending all the way to the Pacific Coast. Republicans want it in south Seattle, or even north along the Canadian border.

The final plan will be voted on in November.

Meanwhile, Slade Gorton, former U.S. Senator, current Redistricting Commissioner and previous foil to Sonics thief Clay Bennett, has a plan to make a brand-new state legislative district (the Fightin' 15th!) that would have a majority of Hispanic residents.

Located in south Washington in Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties, the district would be the first in the state to be Latino-dominated.

Here's Gorton's proposed legislative map.

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Keep in mind that the county's Hispanic population grew at four times the growth rate of the rest of the country in the last 10 years.

So expect Latinos and other minorities (though they're fast becoming not-minorities) to have an increasing amount of sway in the political equation.

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