New Congressional Map Moves Eagle and Gypsum to Neguse District and Receives Initial Approval


A new congressional map of the eight districts moves approximately 8,000 residents of Gypsum to the 2nd Congressional District, which is currently represented by Representative Joe Neguse of Lafayette.
Colorado Independent Congressional Commission / Courtesy Illustration

The latest version of the Colorado eight-district congressional map has most of Eagle County in the 2nd Congressional District away from the current alignment that divides the county near Avon and EagleVail.

About 45,000 residents of Eagle County – all from Avon, Eagle, Edwards, McCoy, Minturn, Red Cliff, Vail and Wolcott, and most of Gypsum – would be in the 2nd Congressional District under the new proposal, which has received approval from the Colorado Independent Congressional. Redistribution commission Tuesday.

About 10,000 people in the southwest corner of the county – Basalt, Dotsero, El Jebel, 35 residents of Gypsum and 2,154 people living in unincorporated areas – would be included in the 3rd Congressional District as part of the new proposition.

Currently the 2nd and 3rd division is at EagleVail, with the north side of I-70 in the 2nd and the south side in the 3rd. The western half of Eagle County is currently in the 3rd, including Edwards, Wolcott, Eagle and Gypsum.

Donovan still eyeing Boebert’s seat

Looking at the new card this week, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb said the redistribution appears to be benefiting incumbents.

“I think, and from a lot of people I hear in the audience, did they do the same thing the elected officials did: protect the incumbents,” Webb told Colorado Politics. “Look who’s protected on the Republican side: Ken Buck, Boebert, Doug Lamborn. They are secure Republican seats. They were before and they are after.

Kerry Donovan, a Democrat from Vail, officially announced on Thursday, February 4, 2021 that she will challenge Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert in the 2022 election, setting the stage for a nationally watched political showdown in the sprawling 3rd District of the Colorado Congress.
Dave Zalubowski / AP file)

Nonetheless, Eli Rosen of Kerry Donovan’s 3rd Congressional District election campaign said the Vail Democrat was still campaigning for the Boebert District election. While Donovan is from Eagle County, which is even more firmly entrenched in the 2nd Congressional District under the new proposal, she spends a lot of time at her family’s ranch near Wolcott, which is currently located in the 3rd District of Congress. That would change if the new Congress card was approved.

Candidates do not have to reside in the constituency in which they are running.

“Lauren Boebert’s unpopular belief in conspiracy theories, rising ethical scandals and refusal to work for residents of the 3rd Congressional District make her particularly vulnerable in the upcoming election,” Rosen said. “As our team continues to analyze next steps, Kerry remains focused on giving the people of western and southern Colorado an honest and hardworking voice in Washington. “

Boebert did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

October 15 filing

According to a revised timetable, adopted Thursday, the Colorado Independent Legislative Redistribution Commission will follow the following deadlines:

October 5: Non-partisan staff post plans for third staff online.

October 6: Non-partisan staff present plans to third staff.

October 12: Last day for commission to approve final plans.

October 15: The lawyer prepares and files the final plans with the Colorado Supreme Court.

The Colorado Supreme Court will have until November 1 to issue an opinion on the map.

To move to the Colorado Supreme Court, the card had to be approved by a super majority of eight of the 12 commissioners, including at least two unaffiliated commissioners. The plan was approved by a vote of 11 for and 1 against.

Colorado gained an eighth congressional district due to population growth documented by the 2020 census.

According to the Colorado Constitution, new Congressional Districts must:

  • Have an equal population, justifying every variance, regardless of size, as required by the Constitution of the United States;
  • Be made up of contiguous geographic areas;
  • Comply with the Federal Voting Rights Act 1965, as amended;
  • Preserving entire communities of interest and entire political subdivisions, such as counties, towns and villages;
  • Be as compact as is reasonably possible; and
  • Subsequently, maximize the number of politically competitive districts.

Districts cannot be drawn for the purpose of:

  • Protect the incumbents or declared candidates of the United States House of Representatives or any political party; Where
  • Denying or restricting the right to vote of any citizen because of their race or membership of a linguistic minority group, including diluting the impact of the electoral influence of this racial or linguistic minority group.

“Coloradans’ thousands of public comments, diligent staff mapping and thoughtful discussions by the commission are all what got us to this moment and it was an honor to chair Colorado’s first independent Congressional Redistricting Commission and j ‘Hope we’ We have set a standard that other states must follow in the future, ‘said Commission President Carly Hare.

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