Austin draws names for applicant review panel

Hannah Jane DeCiutiis

The City of Austin took another step forward Monday in its search for citizens to draw new city representation lines for the November 2014 elections.

The city will be split into 10 districts, each represented by one council member. The Citizens Redistricting Commission will be responsible for drawing the lines for those 10 districts and will include one student commissioner position.

City auditor Kenneth Mory randomly selected three names from a pool of 14 qualified applicants to form the applicant review panel on Monday. This panel, consisting of residents Martha Parker, Michelle DeFrance and Caroline Limaye, will narrow down the commission applications to 60 qualified applicants, and the city auditor will draw eight names May 22. Those eight commissioners will appoint the final six, for a total of 14 commissioners. There have been 36 submissions for the student position.

“We’re looking forward to having the panel select the 60 and doing the random drawing of the eight for the actual commission who will be drawing the lines,” Mory said.

Printed on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 as: City continues with plan for redistricting commission