The current redistricting of the Nevada Legislature will force Washoe County candidates and incumbents spend more time and money on campaigns, put some lawmakers at odds with new constituents and, in a few districts, change the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats.
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"It will require a lot of resources and a lot of work to get to know these new voters," said Assemblywoman Debbie Smith, D-Sparks. "It'll take a good plan to get out there ahead of time and start meeting folks."
While Washoe County will maintain all of its Assembly and state Senate seats under the current plan approved by the Supreme Court, most of the districts are much larger in area. Assembly District 32, now held by Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, will stretch from the Northern Nevada border with Oregon to south of Tonopah as more of rural Nevada gets sucked into districts with urban legislators.
"It changes the game," Hansen said. "Instead of a neighborhood campaign, I've got to do a statewide campaign."
District boundary lines also have shifted dramatically.
South Reno's and Incline Village's state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, also now is the senator for Carson City.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Posted by Migulski at 8.12.11