Redistricting Committee To Be Seated By March 1

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The committee of citizens who will redraw the boundaries of Gila County’s supervisor districts is scheduled to be in place by March 1.

The board of supervisors approved the guidelines for selecting the committee at its Jan. 18 meeting.

Citizens interested in helping in the project can get the guidelines and an application from the office of District One Supervisor Tommie Martin at 610 E. Highway 260, Payson, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The material will also be online at www.gilacountyaz.gov.

The county hopes to develop a pool of people to choose from and then the supervisors will appoint a committee of nine, with each board member selecting three people to serve.

Some of the guidelines are: participants must be registered voters, holding registration in the same party for at least two years; no serving elected official can be seated, nor anyone who has held a post in the last three years, been an officer of a political party, a lobbyist or an officer of a candidate’s campaign committee; county employees cannot serve; and after serving on the redistricting committee a member cannot run for public office or register as a paid lobbyist for three years.

Those who make it through the selection process should expect to give up quite a bit of time as many meetings for presentations and hearings will be on the calendar and committee members must attend at least two-thirds of them.

“It’s not a simple process and much is required,” said Linda Eastlick with the county elections office, who presented the guidelines to the board of supervisors. To learn more, call Martin’s office at (928) 474-2029.

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