Commission on Redistricting meets July 14 at 5 p.m.

Commission on Redistricting meets July 14 at 5 p.m.

For Immediate Release

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 12, 2021—The sixth meeting of the Commission on Redistricting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, July 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the Montgomery County Council's Facebook page.

The Commission on Redistricting was established after the confirmation of 11 appointed members by the Council on Jan. 26. In the 2020 general election, the Montgomery County Charter was amended by the voters to require the County to be divided into seven Council districts to elect seven district and four at-large members of the Council. The Charter required that the Council appoint a Commission on Redistricting composed of 11 registered voters who reside in the County.

At the last meeting, the Commission discussed proposed “ground rules” for creating Council districts using the rules from the National Conference of State Legislators as a basis from which to start. The Commission also discussed strategies for community outreach, led by Commissioner Samuel Statland who has volunteered to help coordinate engagement efforts between County residents and the Commission.

The sixth meeting of the Commission on Redistricting will begin with greetings by Commission Chair Mariana Cordier and will be followed by approval of the meeting minutes. Then, the meeting will continue with a report on outreach meeting attendance and the coordination of upcoming meetings.

The group will then discuss further observations using the redistricting mapping tool, and possibly share examples of draft maps to illustrate different approaches to using the tool and implementing the ground rules.
At the request of Commissioner Stein, the Commission will discuss possible changes in the meeting dates commencing this fall.

The members of the Commission on Redistricting are as follows: Imad Aldean Ahmad, Laura Ard, Mariana Cordier, Keshia Desir, Arthur Edmunds, Valerie Ervin, Bruce Goldensohn, Jason Makstein, Nilmini Rubin, Samuel Statland, and David Stein.

Residents can view the meeting on the Council's Facebook page (@MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil).

The full agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

Meeting minutes for this meeting will be available here at a later date.