I posted this note originally on October 12. I have revised the district description and graphics to reflect plan revisions through October 19. I have also included graphics which may be more legible.
Every ten years, following the decennial census, the legislature has to redraw its districts.
As Senate Co-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, it has been my charge to understand the relevant law and data and to conduct a fair and transparent process to redraw the 40 state senate districts.
I have spent much of the past few years and almost every waking hour over the past few months working on this project. I have been guided and assisted by a great staff, superb lawyers, a brilliant statistician, many respected colleagues, many respected outside advocates (notably, The New Democracy Coalition and The Drawing Democracy Coalition), and, most importantly, by broad public input.
Today, we rolled out the results of that process in draft form. Materials on the new districts statewide may be found on our committee website. The Globe is also giving the process thorough coverage. My video overview of the issues in the senate map appears at this link, at approximately 41 minutes in.
The district that I serve is currently referred to as the Second Suffolk and Middlesex and is numbered D28 in the proposed plan. The proposed plan would:
- Consolidate Allston and Brighton fully into D28 — currently, I represent most of these communities, but North Allston is under Senator DiDomenico.
- Add most of West Cambridge to D28.
- Remove the South End, most of the Back Bay and some of the East Fens from D28.
- Keep the West Fens and much of the East Fens in D28 — I would stay engaged with Charlesgate and Fenway concerns.
- Keep Belmont and Watertown in D28.
I love all parts of my existing district and treasure my friends in all parts of my existing district. As chair, I have attempted to limit the role of my personal feelings in the decision-making process. These changes are all driven by a combination of demographic shifts in the Boston area — both as to total population within neighborhoods and as to voting rights issues for minority groups — and by traditional redistricting considerations such as compactness and simplicity.
Here is the revised map, voted by the Joint Redistricting Committee, as of October 19. My District is D28. This map is still subject to change by vote on the Senate floor, but represents the final vote of the committee after extensive input. In particular, this map reflects boundary changes to harmonize with the House map and the City of Boston’s proposed new precincts.
The map below shows the detail for the boundary of D28 in the Fenway neighborhood.