December 30, 2011
In the state Legislature, Payson will end up in a district that includes the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, Snowflake, Holbrook and Show Low.
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Northern Gila County will have new state, fed representatives with new district boundaries
Final redistricting maps will put northern Gila County in a federal congressional district dominated by cities along the Colorado River and in a state legislative district dominated by Flagstaff and Fountain Hills. Both maps proposed by the Independent Redistricting Commission would divide Gila County, separating the mostly white, Republican north from the heavily Native American and Hispanic, Democratic south. However, although both congressional and legislative maps divide Gila County, neither map breaks up Rim Country towns. In both districts, Payson would end up in safe Republican seats that include many towns with small minority populations and similar demographics and politics.