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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 2, 2021
Lawrence (Larry) Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk/Register
(734) 222-6730 [email protected]
Ed Golembiewski, Washtenaw County Director of Elections
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR APPORTIONMENT OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICTS
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – The Washtenaw County Apportionment Commission is seeking public input into the number and location of boundaries of County Commissioner districts that will be in place for the next ten years.
The Apportionment Commission will hold a series of public hearings in September, 2021 to gather input as it works to complete an apportionment plan that will be in effect from 2022 - 2032.
The public hearing schedule is:
Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 8:30 – 10:00 am
Monday, September 27, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
All public hearings will be held virtually on the Zoom platform out of an abundance of caution for the health of attendees. Each meeting will be accessible by visiting: https://washtenaw.ME/apportionment
Written comments can also be provided to the Apportionment Commission using an online form available at Washtenaw.org/Apportionment; by mail or in-person to the Washtenaw County Apportionment Commission, c/o Washtenaw County Clerk - Elections Division, 200 N. Main Street, Suite 120, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; and by fax to (734) 222-6528.
The Apportionment Commission must adopt a new apportionment plan by October 31, 2021 that includes a minimum of 5 and maximum of 21 County Commissioner districts.
By law, the plan must meet the following criteria:
Washtenaw County is currently apportioned into nine county commissioner districts. The current map can be viewed online at Washtenaw.org/Apportionment.
County Clerk/Register Lawrence Kestenbaum states: "This is the process which shapes the county board, and county governance, for the coming decade. Regardless of the number of districts, it is my commitment to make district boundaries as simple and clear as possible. I think we accomplished that ten years ago, and I hope we will be doing that again."
The statutory members of the Washtenaw County Apportionment Commission are Larry Kestenbaum, Clerk/Register of Deeds; Catherine McClary, County Treasurer; Eli Savit, Prosecuting Attorney; David Frey, Washtenaw County Republican Party Chairperson; and Chris Savage, Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chairperson.
More information including past and future meeting notices, agendas, minutes, meeting recordings, and ways to interact with the Apportionment Commission can be found at Washteaw.org/Apportionment.