Population change to change the boundaries of the county commissions districts
The proposed new political seat distribution due to the 2020 U.S. Census results shows changes in Knox County Commissioner’s district boundaries.
And the proposed new state Senate district will depend on whether the Democratic or Republican proposal passes.
The proposed new maps for the seats at Maine House have not yet been released. The proposed new maps for Maine County Commissioner Districts as well as State Senate Districts were released Thursday, September 16, on the Maine Redistribution Commission website.
The new constituencies will be in place for the 2022 elections. The redistribution will be submitted to the plenary legislature, which must approve it by a two-thirds majority for it to take effect.
In County Knox, the county commissioner seat for District 1 currently held by Dorothy Meriwether will lose Owls Head but will add St. George to its coverage area. The district will represent Rockland, St. George, South Thomaston and Thomaston.
District 2, the seat currently held by Richard Parent Jr., will lose St. George but will add Appleton. The district will encompass Appleton, Cushing, Friendship, Union, Warren and Washington.
District 3, seat currently held by Sharyn Pohlman, loses Appleton but adds Owls Head. The district will encompass Camden, Hope, Isle au Haut, Matinicus, North Haven, Owls Head, Rockport, Vinalhaven and the unorganized townships of Criehaven and Muscle Ridge Islands.
The two political parties have slightly different proposals for the local state Senate district. The Democratic proposal is that the seat remain the same, consisting of all of Knox County except for the city of Washington. The Republican proposal would include all of Knox County except Vinalhaven and North Haven. The two islands would move to a district made up mostly of towns in Hancock County.
Plans for the houses are expected to be released before the next Allocation Committee meeting on September 20.
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