Which local lawmakers won or lost in the new state legislative districts proposed by the House and Senate, and what does this mean for voters in North Central Mass., And the Nashoba and Merrimack valleys?
The US Constitution requires states to redesign congressional constituencies every ten years to accommodate population changes. These numbers also guide the design of state legislative districts and local electoral districts.
Overall, the announced districts have moved east to accommodate population growth and stagnation.
Lawmakers also created new majority minority districts, in an effort to be more representative of the state’s growing diversity.
We will not detail the impacts on each legislator, just those who have seen substantial changes in their constituent base.
â¢ Democratic State Senator John Cronin would see his district of Worcester and Middlesex move east.
The Lunenburg Democrat currently represents Berlin, Bolton, Gardner, Fitchburg, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Sterling and Townsend, as well as constituencies 1 and 2 in Clinton.
Under the new proposal, the district of Cronin would include Ashby, Clinton, Groton, Fitchburg, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.
This brings together the twin cities of Fitchburg and Leominster in one district.
â¢ Currently, State Senator Jamie Eldridge represents a district comprising Ayer, Acton, Boxboro, Hudson, Littleton, Maynard, Marlboro, Shirley, Southboro, Stow and Westboro. In addition, Eldridge represents constituencies 2 and 3 in Sudbury, as well as constituency 3 in Northboro.
The district proposed by the Acton Democrat would include Acton, Ayer, Boxboro, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Maynard, Marlboro, Southboro, Sudbury, Stow and Wayland.
This realignment means Eldridge would lose one of the three Devens Enterprise Zone communities – Shirley.
â¢ State Senator Ed Kennedy’s district would experience a slight but noticeable change. Lowell’s Democrat would lose Groton and Westford and would now be made up of Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Pepperell and Tyngsboro.
With the addition of Dracut, Kennedy adds a contiguous and populous community more in tune with his base of Lowell.
â¢ One of the most dramatic Senate redistribution changes will occur in the Merrimack Valley, where the proposed change would create a new, predominantly Hispanic Senate district, encompassing Lawrence, Methuen and part of downtown Haverhill.
These changes also extend to the House, where a Republican has not received the respect she deserved from the Democrat-controlled legislature.
â¢ State Representative Sheila Harrington currently represents the 1st District of Middlesex, which includes the constituency of Ayer 1, Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell and Townsend.
Under the new 1st district of Middlesex, his hometown of Groton would be divided into two districts; it would also lose Ayer’s enclosure 1, its political link with Devens.
This is no way to treat a holder.
His new district would include constituencies 2 and 3 of Ashby, Dunstable, Pepperell, Townsend and Groton.
Groton Compound 1 will move to Middlesex 37th District, currently represented by State Representative Dan Sena, a Democrat from Acton. Currently, Sena represents the constituencies of Acton 3, 4 and 5, the constituencies of Ayer 2, Boxboro, Harvard, Shirley and Lunenburg A, C and D.
The new 37th District of Middlesex would encompass Wards 3, 4 and 5 of Acton, as well as all of Wards 1 of Ayer, Boxboro, Harvard, Shirley and Groton.
The legislature has set a tentative deadline of November 8 to approve the new cards, which aims to give House candidates time to decide whether they will need to relocate based on the country’s one-year residency requirement. State.