CFB: Redistricting Commission in Desperate Need of Rural Input

Colorado’s Independent Redistricting Commissions need to hear from rural Colorado on proposed congressional redistricting maps.

Why it Matters: This is big. Congressional and legislative redistricting is the most important way the U.S. Constitution ensures proper representation in Congress and the State Legislature. Colorado’s new independent commission is designed to keep districts from being Gerrymandered. Still, commissioners need input from residents to ensure the new districts represent the people who live there and are reflective of the “communities of interest” they will represent.  

In-person meetings around the state have sought to get feedback on the initial maps drawn by the commission. Those congressional maps are largely beneficial to rural communities in Colorado and will help ensure representation in Congress that is reflective of Colorado’s rural character and agricultural economy.

Yes, but: So far, rural participation in community meetings has been… lackluster. Commissioners need to hear from rural Colorado! CFB staff testified at a meeting last week and were pleased by the interest the Commissioners showed in rural issues, agriculture, and whether the current maps reflected the rural parts of Colorado well. They asked smart, informed questions and seemed genuine in their interest in rural parts of the state.

What do I need to do? Send the commissioners a note using their online comment page. It’s simple and won’t take you but a couple of minutes. 

  • Thank commissioners for creating such good initial maps;
  • Express appreciation for the creation of two rural districts because this helps define “specific communities of interest” to rural Colorado. While differences between northern and southern Colorado communities exist, at the level of Congressional representation, these communities have much more in common than they have differences. 
  • Tell them that maintaining the representation between east and west makes the most sense for their two rural districts. 

P.S.: The Commission is hosting a meeting in Greeley this Saturday at 12;00 p.m. in the UNC Grand Ballroom. Be there or be square.

The Colorado Farm Bureau exists to promote, protect and enhance the future of agriculture and rural communities. Learn more and become a CFB member at https://www.coloradofarmbureau.com/

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.