A new member may join the Redistribution Advisory Board just as the board meets to discuss proposals for new district boundaries.
On Tuesday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will consider appointing former Fifth District Supervisor Eric Koenigshofer to the commission.
Federal and state laws require counties to redesign surveillance districts every 10 years, following the U.S. census, in order to achieve population balance amid changing demographics.
The board established the commission in February and in July added four seats, expanding it to 19 seats in total. The change follows criticism from the public and the NAACP, who argued that the appointees – at the time – did not fairly represent all residents of the county.
If appointed, Koenigshofer will replace Stephen Herzberg, who left the seat earlier this year.
Over the next few weeks, the commission will review proposed boundaries for the county’s five districts before making recommendations to the board in November.
The council must pass an ordinance defining the county’s districts by December 15.
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