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May 03

County seeks candidates for redistricting commission

Posted on May 3, 2021 at 7:56 pm by Clay Curtin

San Mateo County is seeking applicants for its 2021 Supervisorial Districting Commission, which will develop draft boundaries for the five county districts based on demographic information from the 2020 census.

Districting is done only once a decade and provides an opportunity to shape district boundaries in ways that reflect new population data and demographic changes. The county is seeking candidates that reflect the county's own demographic diversity. To be eligible, one must live in San Mateo County and not be an elected official. Applicants will be prioritized if they are associated with good government, civil rights or city leadership, or are part of active community groups or organizations that have values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

People may access the application in English, Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog, and applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, June 4.

Applications will be reviewed by a separate committee made up of local members of the League of Women Voters, and up to 11 residents are expected to be selected for the commission.

Commission members will be expected to participate in public meetings to study the possible district boundaries with the help of a demographer and county staff. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The application and more information is available on the County redistricting website.