In our opinion: A city divided

The question of whether Bremerton benefits from being separated into thirds to provide enough numbers for three legislative districts does not have a clear answer.

However, there is no doubt it is weird.

In this week’s lead story, reporter Lynsi Burton examined the curious slicing and dicing. As was reported, Bremerton has nine state lawmakers, none of whom actually live in the city, or really, very close at all. And, as noted, it is the biggest city in all three districts.

And with the exception of state Rep. Jan Angel, Republican from Port Orchard, they are all Democrats.

Those who drew the map 10 years ago want to assure everyone there was no gerrymandering, that Bremerton’s traditional Democratic lineage was not picked apart to ensure Democrats padded their numbers in communities that would seem to swing more to the right.

But it is a rule of politics that whoever controls the map controls the chamber. And for the past 10 years, Democrats have held beefy majorities in Olympia for much of the time.

Hopefully with a new map, due to be approved at the end of next year, Bremerton will get less absurd districts. And hopefully it will get representatives in the state House and Senate who actually live in the city. That is, not just those who benefit from the Democratic votes in a town where the largest building is named after the sitting, living Democratic congressman.

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