by Mary Larson
California has now finished the process of redistricting congressional and state legislature boundaries. All Leisure World residents will now be voting in the 47th Congressional District, the 36th State Senate District and the 72nd State Assembly District.
LW’s current representative in Congress is running for reelection in the new District 45. Reportedly, there are eight Republicans planning to run against Congresswoman Michelle Steel in addition to one Democrat, Jay Chen, who has been endorsed by the California Democratic Party.
LWers should be aware that the Orange County Board of Education has lost in its challenge to the redistricting of its voting areas. On March 1, Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory H. Lewis ruled that the board had failed to produce a law showing how they could override the official redistricting done by the Orange County Committee on School District Organization. This ruling means that the Orange County Board of Education must use an election map they didn’t create for the June Primary election.
Board President and Republican Mari Barke reportedly responded that—while this ruling ends the debate for districts in the 2022 election—they weren’t done pursuing the case. Barke is running for re-election in the June Primary. She will be listed on LWers’ ballots under the OC Board of Education Trustees Area 2 heading. Her only known opponent to date is Martha Fluor. Fluor is a former special education teacher and a former president of the California School Boards Association. She has been on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board for 26 years. ••• Beginning April 5, The LW Democratic Club’s Hospitality and Information Booth located outside Clubhouse 6 will be open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. until after the Primary Election in June.
Both new and renewing club members are reminded that 2022 dues can be waived upon request. Call (562) 431-7275 for more information. Membership forms are also available on the club’s website at https://www.sblwdems.wordpress.com.
LW Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter for more in-depth political information by calling editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521 or emailing [email protected] gmail.com. Make sure to include your full name, address and phone number, as well as party affiliation.