To the Editor:
The face of the Minnesota Legislature is about to change, thanks to the redistricting plan issued Tuesday by a special panel of five state judges. The plan is necessary due to population changes from the 2010 census. The redistricting will affect District 24A, which I represent.
The majority of my current legislative district will remain the same, but I am losing some new cities and picking up a few new ones. I'm very excited about meeting and representing my new constituents.
Redistricting is required by the Constitution every decade after each census. Because the Legislature and the governor could not work out an agreement, the panel of judges was assigned to finalize a plan.
My new area of representation will be known as District 23A after the November election. As part of the plan, I will lose St. James in Watonwan County, but add the cities of Darfur and Butterfield.
I maintain all of Martin County, but add half of Jackson County, including the city of Jackson, and add a larger portion of Faribault County as well, including the cities of Delavan, Easton, Minnesota Lake and Bricelyn.
I want to assure the people in my current district that I am still their state representative, and that they can count on my support. However, I also look forward to hearing from people in my new district, and fighting for their needs in St. Paul.
State Rep. Bob Gunther,