A decision was made last night by the Wenatchee City Council to change the way their members are elected. NCWLIFE’s Grant Olson was there.
The city council chose from three options; 7 voting districts in Wenatchee, which is one council member per district, 5 voting districts with two at-large candidates or keep the current system of 7 at-large council members. In the end, by a vote of 6 to 1, the council voted to adopt the 5 district, 2 at large candidates for the Wenatchee city council moving forward. The change was proposed to establish districts that have equal representation in the city council. Moving the Council positions to districts will give better representation to the legal voting population within each district and reduce the possibility for gerrymandering. Districts lines are drawn based on population, and have to be continuous with no breaks or “Islands.” Districts will also effectively give representation to the growing Latino population in Wenatchee.