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Pasco City Council Votes to Keep Five District Alignment

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PASCO, Wash.-  Pasco City Council members voted four to three to keep the district five boundary alignment for this year's November election.

Which means the council will remain at its current standings with five members elected by the district and two elected at large.

The three district option would have had seated council members running against each other this year.

However, one council member said the three district alignment would have been better for the population at large and avoided them from having to keep changing the districts every 18-months.

Over the past decade, the city has had to redraw the boundaries to make sure it met state law, which requires the population in each district to not vary by more than 10% from the other districts.

Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Francik, who voted for the three district option, said the district five boundary option did not make sense.

"I think this map very clearly looks like gerrymandering to keep members in their districts.  I don't think that it meets criteria that we're asked to meet and that's why I'm supporting district three," said Francik.

Some of those seats up for election this November are District 2, represented by Mike Garrison; District 4, represented by Bob Hoffman; and Tom Larsen's at-large position.

All of whom voted to keep the five district boundary alignment. 

Council will prepare for action on the district five option at next weeks meeting.