by Chet Hardin
Yesterday, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission voted on the final maps that it will be sending on to the state Supreme Court for approval.
You can view the map here.
All in all, the House map ought to make local Republicans very happy.
"I am squarely in House District 16," says Jim Bensberg, "and thankfully it is still called House District 16."
Bensberg, a former county commissioner, announced way back in December that he would be seeking to take the spot of outgoing, term-limited state Rep. Larry Liston. Bensberg then fretted for months as the proposed reapportionment maps moved him out of his district.
But now, all is right in Bensberg's universe. "It satisfies most concerns that I had, and most concerns that Republicans in this area held," he says.
Which is true. The map also leaves incumbent Rep. Janak Joshi in his district, where he intends to mount a re-election campaign.
Also, Rep. Bob Gardner's HD 21 has been drawn completely into El Paso County, a move for which many Republicans advocated. Currently, his district breaks into Fremont County.
This map is also good news for House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, who, as we reported two weeks ago, was concerned that her District 20 had been proposed to scoop down and swallow up Manitou Springs, as well as all of that town's left-leaning voters.
Even Democrat Rep. Pete Lee ought to be pleased. It was from his District 18 that Manitou was proposed to be removed. Currently, as he points out, the district is pretty evenly divided among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Losing the left-leaning Manitou Springs could have made his re-election bid a bit more treacherous.