Jefferson: Redistricting plan calls for horizontal county divisions

PORT TOWNSEND — Residents and elected officials are mostly in agreement over a redistricting plan that would divide Jefferson County horizontally.

Most of the several dozen people at a hearing Thursday told county commissioners that Option 1 makes the most sense of the three options being considered.

County Commissioner Richard Wojt, D-Port Townsend, would lose his district under each of three proposals, but he said he is not planing to seek re-election.

Dan Titterness, R-Port Townsend, would be the only commissioner whose seat remains firm under all three options.

Incumbent Commissioner Glen Huntingford, R-Chimacum, would be affected by Option 1 because he would no longer represent Port Ludlow, where he has received considerable support in recent years.

“I’ve got mixed feelings about the options,” Huntingford said Friday. “Options 1 or 3 split the county horizontally and either one of those options works pretty well. (But) I’ve had really good support from the people in Port Ludlow and it makes me feel good for them to say they want me to stay there.”

Option 1 would cut East Jefferson County horizontally with District 1 encompassing Port Townsend, District 2 stretching south from the Port Townsend city limits to Center Valley with a jagged demarcation line from Discovery Bay east to a few miles south of Oak Bay on Admiralty Inlet and District 3 from there south to the county line.

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