In a unanimous vote Tuesday the Logan Municipal Council expressed support for a statewide independent redistricting commission to direct a fair redistricting process following the next census. The council’s resolution concluded: “The redistricting plan must respect existing political subdivisions and local communities and eliminate manipulation of election district lines for political advantage.” The council’s decision pleased Kathy Snyder, Cache County Democratic Party Vice Chair, who has long supported what is known as the Fair Boundaries Initiative. “This initiative should be very important to all elected officials in Utah,” she said. “It calls for strict criteria to be followed in the process of re-districting to form cohesive districts rather than the current process where the legislature has no criteria they are mandated to follow in the re-districting process.” Snyder said her involvement goes beyond partisan politics to the point that she’s working in the Fair Boundaries booth at this week’s Cache County Fair and not at the Democratic Party’s booth. “During the Fair I’m going to be non-partisan,” she said. “I’ll be heading up the Fair Boundaries booth. We’re one of the first groups to organize petitions and our volunteers will have petitions available for people to sign.” Snyder said the Fair Boundaries movement is gaining momentum as Utahns come to understand what it is all about. “So we are launching our official effort to get on to the November, 2010 ballot,” Snyder said. Aside from the redistricting issue Snyder, an early supporter of Barack Obama and eventually an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention, is pleased with the first six months of the President’s administration. “I think he’s doing a fine job,” said Snyder. “It surprises me that 200 days into his administration all of our problems should be solved. These issues are long term in development and they can’t be solved in the short term. He’s on the right track, we’re going through a rough time but everything is going to work out for the better.”
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