Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Bethany Marcum and E. Budd Simpson were named by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to the Alaska Redistricting Board.
Must Read Alaska was first to report about Marcum, the executive director of the Alaska Policy Forum in Anchorage, and Simpson, a Juneau attorney who represents Native Corporation Sealaska.
The redistricting board takes U.S. Census data to reapportion the state’s political boundaries. In areas where the population has declined, representatives' and senators' boundaries get bigger. In places like the Mat-Su Valley, more representatives and senators will be assigned, since the population has grown.
Now, Speaker Bryce Edgmon, Senate President Cathy Giessel, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Joel Bolger each will make one pick for the board.
The board must be seated by Sept. 1. Sen. Cathy Giessel goes next, then Rep. Bryce Edgmon, and finally the judge.