The Ramsey County Board approved new boundaries for its seven county commissioner districts on April 19. The redistricting plan met  a mandated deadline of April 26, and it will be used in this fall’s elections for new four-year terms for the county commissioners in Districts, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The County Board had four redistricting options to choose from. The option chosen leaves most of the seven county commissioner districts largely intact.

Of the four districts in Saint Paul, District 4 changes the most. The district, which is represented by commissioner Tony Carter, loses Saint Anthony Park and parts of Merriam Park and the Hamline-Midway neighborhood to District 3, but it gains parts of Frogtown and the Railroad Island neighborhood. All or parts of Merriam Park, Snelling-Hamline, Lexington-Hamline, Macalester-Groveland, Highland Park, Summit Hill, Crocus Hill and Summit-University remain in District 4.

District 5, which is represented by commissioner Rafael Ortega, retains all or part of Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland, the West End, downtown, West Side and two Dayton’s Bluff precincts. District 5 loses Railroad Island and parts of Frogtown. 

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The new boundaries of Ramsey County's seven commissioner districts as approved by the Ramsey County Board. Elections will be held this fall for the county commissioners representing Districts 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Saint Paul.

Most of Saint Paul’s East Side was kept in District 6, addressing community objections to plans that made more changes. East Side residents asked at a March hearing that their area not be split up further. As it is, parts of the East Side are in all four of the Saint Paul districts.

Redistricting is required after every U.S. Census to balance the population of the areas represented by elected officials. The target population per county commissioner district is 78,907.

— Jane McClure

 

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