Colorados new congressional district may be in north metro Denver

Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District could end encompassing parts of five counties north of Denver, legislative staffers told the state’s congressional redistricting panel Wednesday.

The new district, which was created because the state gained about 745,000 people over the past decade, would include the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Broomfield, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights and Arvada, among others.

Wednesday’s map is only preliminary — but it’s the first to be unveiled in the U.S. this year. It was drawn by nonpartisan staff for Colorado’s Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission, which must reshape the districts in accordance with 2020 Census results.

The commission’s next step is a “roadshow of public hearings,” in the words of Commissioner JulieMarie Shepherd Macklin. Between July 9 and Aug. 28, there will be 29 public hearings across Colorado, where residents can weigh in on Wednesday’s map.

The commission will also receive final census data in mid-August. Between that and the public input, the commission and its staff will likely adjust the map again and hold more public hearings.

A final map must be approved by the commission and Colorado Supreme Court by December. The 8th District will elect its first representative in November 2022.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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