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City seeking a diverse pool of applicants for Independent Redistricting Commission

Berkeley, California (Monday, October 05, 2020) - We're seeking more community members Citywide who are Black or LatinX as well as residents of the area south of campus to apply to serve on a commission creating new Council Districts, boundaries that help create fairer representation in the City of Berkeley's top governing body.  

2020-10-05 CouncilDistrict7 2020The application deadline is October 9, and Black and Latinx populations are underrepresented in current applications Citywide. Applications are also low within the boundaries of Council District 7, which includes much of the south of campus area. 

This new commission, which will start in January 2021, was created by City voters in 2016 in an effort to have the City's eight districts shaped independently of the elected officials who will serve in them. This commission would use factors such as population, geography, and demographics to draw boundaries.

Eighty-four Berkeleyans have already applied.

Apply by October 9, 2020 to join the Commission

Most Berkeley residents 18 and over are eligible to serve. To apply, you'll need to complete a short application, which includes:

  • Contact and demographic information
  • Confirming your eligibility for the Commission
  • Disclosure of monetary or non-monetary contributions to Mayor or Council candidates within the past four years
  • A written statement explaining why you are qualified to serve on the Commission (300 words maximum)

There are a small number of individuals who are ineligible to serve on the Commission, including current elected officials, their immediately family and staff, and those who have run for Mayor or City Council or served as an officer or paid staff on a Mayor or City Council campaign within the past two years.

Apply online or download an application form and submit it to the City Clerk Department at redistricting@cityofberkeley.info. You'll need to consent to a background check if appointed.

Applications are due October 9.

About the Independent Redistricting Commission

The Commission will start work in January 2021, when the first eight Commissioners and their alternates are selected at random. One Commissioner and one alternate will be drawn from each council district. These first eight Commissioners will then choose five additional "at-large" members and alternates from the remaining applicants, for a total of 13 Commission members.

The Commission will hold public meetings to receive community input, review written comments and maps submitted by community members, and ultimately create a new district map for formal adoption by the City Council. The City Clerk Department will support the Commission with outreach and facilitating public meetings, while an independent demographer will provide technical support.

Learn more about the redistricting process in our Citizens Redistricting Commission Plan. For questions, or to be added to the interest list, email the City Clerk Department at redistricting@cityofberkeley.info.


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