Select board pans new House district scheme – Waterbury Roundabout
The Waterbury Select board discussed and rejected a proposal this week from a state committee working to redraw legislative districts based on new demographics from the 2020 U.S. Census.
The Legislative Allocation Council is working on proposed revisions to the legislative districts of the House and Senate before the start of the new session. The board circulated a proposal to the state’s civilian boards for comment by November 15. He redesigned the House District map to contain 150 single member districts. Currently, districts are made up of one or two members.
That would be a big change for Waterbury, which currently sits entirely in the Washington-Chittenden district with Huntington, Bolton and Buel’s Gore and has two House seats held by Waterbury Democrats Tom Stevens and Theresa Wood. Waterbury is in Washington County; the other communities are in Chittenden County.
The Dispatch Board suggests a new district, Washington 1, covering most of Waterbury with a representative.
A second proposed district – Chittenden-Washington 1 – would include Bolton, Huntington, Buel’s Gore and part of Waterbury which has around 750 residents. It would include an area west of the Little River adjacent to Bolton and a section along US Route 2 and Main Street south of Interstate 89 and bordering the west sides of Stowe Street and St. Winooski.
The proposed lines would put Rep. Stevens, who lives on the east side of Winooski Street, and Rep. Wood, who lives in Perry Hill, in the same neighborhood. If the two wanted to run again in 2022, the new card would mean they would face off in a primary.