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Finalists chosen for 8 spots on Virginia redistricting panel

Posted at 3:17 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 00:11:25-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia legislative leaders have selected 62 finalists for the eight citizen spots on the state’s new redistricting commission.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Democrats’ picks come from mostly population centers and GOP choices chiefly from rural areas.

A panel of five retired Virginia judges will select the eight citizen members by Jan. 15.

The judges will meet on Wednesday.

The 16-member commission will include four Democratic lawmakers, four Republican lawmakers, four citizens nominated by Democrats and four citizens nominated by Republicans.

A late surge before Monday’s deadline pushed citizen applications to more than 1,200 hopefuls for the eight spots.

The full commission has its first meeting Feb. 1.