Wenatchee City Council Adopts New District Voting System


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.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.