Carlsbad keeping current wards in place

September 29, 2011 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad city councilors unanimously decided to maintain their current wards during their regular meeting.

After being presented with four plans from Research & Polling, Inc. with each plan based on five criteria of redistricting [auth] guidelines, councilors chose Plan A.

The plan follows the 2010 census, denotes that all wards still meet the equal population guidelines, rendering redistricting unnecessary.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus ( ) reports the vote Tuesday means councilors will maintain their current ward boundaries, which will remain unchanged until the results of the 2020 census.

Southwest Organization Project member Kathy Kelly asked councilors to consider an alternate district representation plan. Kelly says the alternate called plan C levels the playing field, and gives everyone the same opportunity.

Kelly says the way things are in Carlsbad hasn’t worked for minorities or people of low wealth in the middle class sector.

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