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Gov. Hickenlooper announces appointments to Colorado Reapportionment Commission

Monday, April 25, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today his three appointments to the Colorado Reapportionment Commission and expressed hope that Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender’s appointments would result in a commission with precise partisan balance.

Hickenlooper’s three picks are: a former state legislator, Gayle A. Berry, a Republican from Grand Junction, from the 3rd Congressional District; former Mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb, a Democrat from Denver, from the 1st Congressional District; and Arnold Salazar, a Democrat from Alamosa, from the 3rd Congressional District.

“In making these appointments I have endeavored to designate individuals who have deep civic and community experience, and who also reflect the diversity of Colorado in terms of gender, ethnicity, geography and political affiliation,” Hickenlooper wrote in a letter to Chief Justice Bender and General Assembly Leadership. “My three appointments have committed themselves to creating more competitive districts, which should therefore create more competitive elections wherever possible.”

Hickenlooper said the 11-person commission should not reflect a partisan majority for either the Democratic or Republican parties.

“When the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court makes the final four appointments to this Commission, I hope he will make sure that there is a precise balance between Democrats and Republicans,” Hickenlooper said. “That means appointing at least one unaffiliated voter to the
Commission. Neither political party should have a majority in this process and we ought to encourage consensus on the Commission.”

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission will meet to redraw the boundaries of the state’s legislative districts. This is separate from the redistricting work going on in the General Assembly to redraw the state’s Congressional districts. More information about the Colorado Reapportionment Commission can be found by clicking here.

“Mayor Webb has agreed to serve as an elder statesman with previous experience in the reapportionment process,” Hickenlooper said. “He served 30 years ago – the last time a reapportionment plan was approved without going to court. It’s our hope that Colorado will benefit from a similar result this time.”