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Floyd County Redistricting Commission in Holding Pattern

The process of establishing three districts for Floyd County Board of Supervisor elections is in a holding pattern while state leaders evaluate Plan 1 of the Iowa legislative and congressional districts proposed by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.

The county must draw up new supervisor districts after voters, during a special election in August, approved a change in how board members are elected. Since 1970, all three positions were elected at-large, but next year, switches to three districts of equal population with one supervisor elected from each district residing in that district.  The redistricting must be completed in advance of the June primary.

 County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Gloria Carr says the local commission of Susan Nelson, Brian Biershank and Mike Staudt, is anxious to get the tools for their task; adding that as soon as the state approves a plan, the local commission will know what boundaries they have to work with and can really go to work “

 The first legislative plan proposed would split Floyd County into two house districts. Floyd, Chickasaw and a part of Cerro Gordo County make up House District 52. The new maps, if approved, would have the southern two-thirds of Floyd County join all of Howard and Chickasaw Counties to form House District 56, while the northern third of Floyd County would move in House District 55 with all of Worth and Mitchell counties, plus the northwest corner of Cerro Gordo County.

Governor Kim Reynolds has called the legislature into special session October 5th to review and consider the initial maps for possible approval.

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Mark Pitz

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