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Fimia picks up city of Bothell in county redistricting; Miller's district loses residents

King County redistricting by Woodinville Weekly/Northlake News staff
Without packing up your bags and moving, you may have a new King County Councilmember. Following the efforts of a bi-partisan committee charged with redistricting, the new King County Council map became effective upon its filing with the Clerk of the Council May 15.
   The lines have dramatically shifted for Districts 1 and 3, with the City of Bothell being dropped from Louise Miller in District 3 and shifting to Maggi Fimia in District 1. While picking up Bothell, Fimia lost Juanita to Councilmember Jane Hague, who now has all of Kirkland as well.
   "I am very pleased with my new district lines," said Fimia. "It includes Seattle, the three northern suburban cities, and some unincorporated areas. While they are unique communities, they share many of the same concerns: safe neighborhoods and the need for more transit and open space."
   Slight shifts occurred all over King County, as the committee was required to make the districts contiguous, compact, and approximately equal in population, aiming for 124,123 residents in each district.
   Population estimates from 1995 show that Miller's District 3, which included Bothell and still includes Woodinville, Skykomish, Redmond, Duvall, Carnation, and wide expanses of unincorporated land, had approximately 127,947 residents. That meant 3,825 people had to be shifted into another district.
   More detailed maps of the district shifts are expected within three weeks. Redistricting occurs every five years, with the next process scheduled for 2001.