Redistricting panel members selected

Three Bay Area residents are among the eight people randomly selected this morning to serve on California’s new Redistricting Commission, a voter-created panel that will eventually consist of 14 individuals responsible for drawing the political boundaries of congressional, board of equalization and state legislative districts.

State Auditor Elaine Howle drew the names bingo style a few minutes ago from a pool of 36 that included 12 Democrats, 12 Republicans and 12 people non-affiliated with a political party or members of the third parties. The first eight members must select the remaining six members of their panel before Dec. 31. The first eight are:

  • Connie Galambos Malloy, Oakland, non-partisan
  • Stanley Forbes, Esparto, non-partisan
  • Cynthia Dai, San Francisco, Democrat
  • Elaine Kuo, Mountain View, Democrat
  • Jeanne Raya, San Gabriel, Democrat
  • Vincent Barabba, Capitola, Republican
  • Jodie Filkins Webber, Norco, Republican
  • Peter Yao, Claremont, Republican

East Bay residents who remain in the pool and eligible for selection include Maria Blanco, of El Cerrito; Tangerine Mignon Brigham, of Oakland; Sherman Gee, of Castro Valley; William Giles Hamm, of Lafayette; Paul McKaskle, of Berkeley; and Brightstar Ohlson, of Oakland.

Voters created the panel in 2008, stripping the Legislature of the job, and expanded the commission’s role earlier this month to include congressional districts.

For a full set of FAQ’s on the commission, click here.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen