OLYMPIA - Rep. Brian Blake and Sen. Brian Hatfield would both be booted from their seats under a new legislative redistricting plan introduced by the Republican members of the state Redistricting Commission on Friday.

The two Democratic members of the commission also introduced their own new map, which would keep the Democratic 19th District legislators in their current seats.

At least one person from the opposite side of the aisle must cross over and agree to a plan for the state's 49 legislative districts or there will be a stalemate.

The five-member redistricting commission consists of two Republicans and two Democrats and one non-voting chairperson. They are responsible for equalizing the state's population in each legislative and Congressional district every 10 years based on U.S. Census figures.

Democratic appointees are Tim Ceis, former deputy mayor of Seattle, and Dean Foster, a former chief clerk of the House and former chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner. Republican members are former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and Tom Huff, former state House Appropriations Committee chairman.

Last Friday, the focus was on legislative districts. The members must still narrow down the options for congressional redistricting maps.

At least one of the previous four options floated would put Grays Harbor and the rest of the Olympic Peninsula in a new 10th Congressional District.

Legislative process

The 19th District includes Aberdeen and Westport and heads south to include all of Pacific and Wahkiakum counties and some of Cowlitz County.

The Republican plan, crafted by Gorton and Huff, would shift the 19th District entirely out of Grays Harbor and Pacific County, thus impacting Blake, who lives in Aberdeen, and Hatfield, who lives in Raymond. Under their plan, both would reside in a new district - Blake in the 24th and Hatfield in the 20th - and wouldn't be able to run for re-election in their current seats.

In the Rebublicans' plan, Pacific County would be part of the 20th District, linked with Centralia and Chehalis and western Lewis County. The new 19th District would shift south and east, consisting of Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and eastern Lewis County.

Under the Democratic proposal, crafted by Ceis and Foster, Grays Harbor north of the mouth of the Chehalis would be in the 24th District, and the 19th District would encompass Grays Harbor south of the Chehalis. The plan splits the city of Aberdeen between the two districts, but manages to keep Blake, who lives in South Aberdeen, in his seat. The 19th District also keeps all of Pacific County, which leaves Hatfield in his current district.

Redistricting commission members hope to work on compromise boundary lines and have a more firm map by Nov. 15.

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