Sixteen Northern Virginia residents have been nominated for positions on the state's new redistricting commission, which will draw new lines for Virginia's House of Delegates, state Senate and congressional districts.
The residents were among 62 finalists selected by current General Assembly leaders from both major political parties and were chosen from over 1,200 applications received for the commission. From those finalists, a panel of five retired Virginia judges will select eight citizen members of the commission -- four nominated by Republicans and four by Democrats. The judges are scheduled to meet Wednesday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and must make their selections by Jan. 15.
The eight citizens will join eight legislators -- four Republicans and four Democrats -- on the commission, which is scheduled to begin its work in February. Two Northern Virginia legislators have already been appointed to the commission: Sen. George Barker, D-Fairfax, and Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax.
Of the Northern Virginia citizens nominated to the commission, only three were selected by Republican leaders: Thomas H. Hueg of Fairfax Station, Joseph Edward Kornhoff of Alexandria, and Tabitha Walter of Alexandria. The remaining 13 were nominated by either the House or Senate Democratic leaders.
Overall, Republicans submitted 28 nominations to the panel of judges, while Democrats submitted 34 names. The Virginia Public Access Project compiled a complete breakdown of all 62 nominees, including their age, ethnicity and political contributions.
The redistricting commission has until July 1, or 45 days after receipt of 2020 Census data, whichever is later, to submit a plan to the General Assembly for House of Delegates and state Senate districts. The plans must be approved by six of the eight citizen members and six of the eight legislative members. The General Assembly must approve the plan but cannot change it; if the General Assembly does not approve the recommended plan, then the Supreme Court will draw the districts.
Redistricting commission finalists from Northern Virginia
|James Abrenio||Fairfax||37||Senate Democrats|
|Kimball W. Brace||Manassas||69||Senate Democrats|
|Julia A. Braxton||Reston||26||Senate Democrats|
|Alton Carroll||Leesburg||55||Senate Democrats|
|Marilyn Nevy Cruz||Alexandria||34||Senate Democrats|
|Cynthia M. Cunningham||Falls Church||53||House Democrats|
|Elliott Dubin||Springfield||76||House Democrats|
|Thomas H. Hueg||Fairfax Station||60||Senate Republicans|
|Michael Evan Jaffe||Great Falls||78||Senate Democrats|
|Joseph Edward Kornhoff||Alexandria||34||House Republicans|
|Sean S. Kumar||Alexandria||41||House and Senate Democrats|
|Matthew M. Lopez||Springfield||49||House Democrats|
|Maya Castillo Morrison||Fairfax||43||House Democrats|
|Jeffrey Sachs||Springfield||49||Senate Democrats|
|Eleanor Shumaker||Fairfax||76||House Democrats|
|Tabitha Walter||Alexandria||33||House Republicans|