On July 29th The California Citizens Redistricting Commission took their first vote on the final maps for State Assembly, State Senate, Congressional and Board of Equalization district maps. Oakley and the majority of East County, with the exception of part of Pittsburg, are being moved into a new district Assembly District 11 Fairfield-Delta (AD 11). The new lines for the State Assembly (AD 11) are especially interesting. Why? One of the eligibility requirements for any member of the State Legislature is; “a California resident for three years and a resident of a legislative district for one year immediately preceding an election is eligible to hold legislative office”. Our current Assembly member, Joan Buchannan, does not live in the new district. Neither does Antioch’s representative, Susan Bonilla. As a matter of fact there is not an elected member of the State Assembly living anywhere in the newly drawn district. The Commission is scheduled to vote to adopt and certify the maps on August 15, 2011. When that happens who will represent this new district?
It appears we are not alone in being unrepresented, 15 of the 80 Assembly districts have no incumbent. The 2012 elections will be the first to reflect the redrawing of districts that will be in place through 2020. Without incumbents next year’s race will be wide open. All candidates will face off in the new open primary systems in the June primary race. The top two finishers will than compete in the November general election.