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July 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Activists want three majority-minority King County Council districts

Posted by Bob Young

Minority activists are arguing that King County Council districts should be re-drawn so three districts have a majority of people of color in them.

The county is in the midst of redistricting, which it is required to do using 2010 census data. The idea is that districts should be realigned every 10 years to reflect changing populations. A five-member committee must complete that work by January 2012.

Before a public hearing Tuesday night on redistricting, a coalition called United for Fair Representation announced it would advocate for three majority-minority districts. The coalition includes the Latino PAC of Washington, the Win Win Network, OneAmerica and other groups.

In a statement, the coalition said none of the committee's four redistricting proposals would create a majority-minority district. People of color "will feel that their vote is not diluted and will matter" in majority-minority districts, according to the coalition.

"Each of the four proposals dilutes the voting strength of communities of color, which comprises one third of King County's population," stated George Cheung, executive director of the Win Win Network in the coalition's announcement.

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