Dede Feldman, Former New Mexico State Senator
As the state’s Citizens Redistricting Commission prepares to issue its draft district maps on Sept. 16, I can’t help but think back to the tumultuous redistricting process in 2001 when I was a state senator. The census figures came in on time that year, but that was the only thing that was easy. The population had shifted dramatically from the rural areas of New Mexico to the cities. This decade’s trend shows the loss of rural population too, but nothing like 2001. Then, Rio Rancho had exploded, and the mostly Republican eastern side of the state had lost ground. [READ MORE]
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