FRAMINGHAM, MA - Following the results of the 2010 Census, the State of Massachusetts is losing one congressional district. District lines need to be redrawn to reduce the total from ten districts to nine.
The current legislators representing Framingham; State Sen. Karen Spilka, (D-Ashland), a Member of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, along with State Reps. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), and State Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), US Rep. Ed Markey (MA-7th), and several other other MA legislators will be holding a public forum to discuss redistricting, Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the McCarthy Center at Framingham State University, 100 State St., Framingham, MA.
To accomplish the redistricting, the state must be divided up into areas with proportionate population. Aside from losing one State Representative, residents in the newly created districts may find themselves voting for a State Senator and filling Governor's Council seats along with other towns or cities there were not in the same district as those established using the current Congressional Districts map.
This will be the only redistricting hearing in the MetroWest region and legislators are urging their constituents to attend the hearing. It is an opportunity for concerned citizens to learn more about what redistricting means for them and their communities. This is an open hearing and is an opportunity for anyone to testify as to their thoughts, concerns or questions regarding redistricting.