FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2012
New Linn County Board of Supervisors District Map Approved
Districts become effective January 15
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – January 5, 2012 – The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office has approved the Linn County Board of Supervisors district map. The new district boundaries become effective January 15, 2012. The change in district boundaries means the Board of Supervisor member who represents you may have changed.
“We’re glad to finally have the redistricting process complete. While it’s not the map that was originally submitted unanimously by the Redistricting Commission and approved unanimously by the bipartisan Linn County Board of Supervisors, we have adopted this map that meets the Secretary of State’s Office interpretation of the Iowa Code,” Brent Oleson, chairman of the Linn County Board of Supervisors said. “On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, we look forward to serving Linn County residents in our new districts and being accessible to them, just as we have always been.”
The new map includes three districts with the majority of the population in Cedar Rapids; one district representing Marion, Central City and Bertram and surrounding areas; and one rural district that creates a horseshoe shape around the other four districts. The original map submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office by Linn County had two districts with a majority rural population.
The new map is available on Linn County’s website at www.linncounty.org. The district boundaries have changed, but the numbering system for the current Board of Supervisors remains the same. The Linn County Board of Supervisors represents the following districts: Lu Barron – District 1; Linda Langston – District 2; Ben Rogers – District 3; Brent Oleson – District 4; and John Harris – District 5.
Redistricting and reprecincting take place after every federal census to ensure boundaries comply with current laws and population distribution requirements. Due to population shifts reported in Linn County’s 2010 Census data, the district boundaries for the Board of Supervisors were redrawn in order to balance the population of each district.