Wicomico commission could redraw election lines

Salisbury Independent
Posted 8/3/21

The Wicomico County Council has selected seven residents with diverse backgrounds to serve on a Redistricting Commission that will draw new district lines for the 2022 election.

The panel is …

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Wicomico commission could redraw election lines

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The Wicomico County Council has selected seven residents with diverse backgrounds to serve on a Redistricting Commission that will draw new district lines for the 2022 election.

The panel is charged with preparing a public plan that will ultimately be sent to the County Council for approval.

According to the County Charter, the commission must produce councilmanic districts that are reasonably compact, contiguous and substantially equal in population.

Wicomico has five geographic districts and two at-large seats.

The commission is expected to conclude its work by the end of the calendar year, relying upon data from the latest U.S. Census.

Members officially appointed at the council’s July 20 meeting were:

  • Wendy Anspacher, a Wicomico Republican Central Committee member.
  • Former County Councilwoman Gail M. Bartkovich.
  • Salisbury City Council Vice President Muir W. Boda.
  • Bernadette Cannaday, Manager of the Wicomico County Library Downtown branch.
  • Mark Danderson, an Adjunct Professor at Salisbury University.
  • Julie Giordano, a Wicomico County teacher.
  • Dr. William “Kel” Nagel, former Wicomico Board of Education President.

The Redistricting Commission becomes the second high-profile citizen body at work within the county government.

The county’s Charter Review Committee has been meeting monthly since winter to recommend possible changes to the charter.