Dems Discuss Ward 1 and Redistricting

On March 27, 2012, in Blog, by EStern

At a meeting of the Yale College Democrats Monday night, members discussed the upcoming New Haven redistricting process and the future of Ward 1.  According to the Yale Daily News, which covered the meeting:

The meeting brought together members of the Dems, the Ward 1 Democratic Committee co-chairs, and Yale spokesman Michael Morand ’87 DIV ’93, a former Ward 1 alderman, for a discussion of the future of Ward 1, whose shape and size have become uncertain because the 2010 Census revealed that its population is below the legal minimum for the city’s 30 wards. The Dems discussed concerns about how the ward’s borders may ultimately be determined.

After a Board of Aldermen special committee meeting last Tuesday held to discuss Connecticut’s recent redrawing of state representative districts — which split Ward 1 into three districts — some students said they feared that Ward 1 could also be cut into three pieces for the purpose of keeping Ward 1 voters within a single district. But Ward 1 Democratic Committee Co-Chair Ben Crosby ’13 said that he believed that the lines of Ward 1, traditionally known as the Yale ward because it includes eight residential colleges and Old Campus, were “pretty unlikely to change dramatically.”

Although Dems President Zak Newman expressed confidence that Ward 1 would retain close it its current shape, Newman and several other Dems made plans to testify in support of a Yale-centric Ward 1 at a special redistricting hearing April 4.  (A new ward map will be finalized by the end of May.)

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