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Monroe County Council districts adjusted in accordance with Census data

2022 Monroe County Council district changes

A map showing Monroe County Council district changes in response to Census data. The 2012 map is on the left, and the changes for 2022 are outline in green on the right. (Courtesy: Monroe County)

The Monroe County Commissioners are adjusting county council districts in response to the latest census data.

The first change moves Washington township in north central Monroe County from district one to district three. The second change moves Clear Creek township in southern Monroe County from district three to district one.

Currently, council member Peter Iversen represents district one, and council member Marty Hawk represents district three. Both districts cover the most area; however, districts two and four are slightly more populated because they include parts of municipal Bloomington.

Also, three council members are elected ‘at-large’ to represent the entire county.

The bipartisan precinct and district boundary advisory commission used census blocks to define precincts last month, and later redraw district boundaries.

“Unfortunately, receiving the census information so late forced this work to be done in a very short timeframe,” commissioner Lee Jones said. 

The advisory commission recommended changes because state law requires district population to be as even as possible. Wednesday’s commissioner packet includes tables depicting population distribution in the county’s precincts.

“I was pleased to see that they got the council districts so there is no more difference than two percent, which is admirable,” commissioner Penny Githens said.

The advisory commission did not recommend any changes to the three county commissioner districts.

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