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12/22/2011 1:13:00 PM
Editorial: Verde Valley comes out OK in redistricting

Arizona’s District 1 has long been a vast day trip, and the newly approved “tentative final” Congressional map does not change that fact. What does change for Camp Verde and the Beaver Creek area is slight alignment.

The two communities, one a municipality and the other unincorporated, join up with Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek in being politically separated from the rest of Yavapai County.

Near neighbors lining the Verde Valley, like Cottonwood, Cornville, Clarkdale, Cherry and Jerome will still be hanging out with Prescott. As feared and/or expected, the county and the valley have been divided up to meet the “needs” of some savvy communities in the Tucson area.

But it’s OK.

On the U.S. Congress scale, the division of the Verde Valley will make little difference. Camp Verde and Beaver Creek will continue to share the same U.S. representation as Flagstaff, Page, Holbrook, Safford, Globe, the Navajo Nation and the White Mountains, just like they have since the last redistricting.

Any political adjustment will have to take place in the rest of the Verde Valley and the rest of the county.

But wait a minute. Merry Christmas. The Verde Valley does stay together on the new Legislative map, which determines representation at the state Capitol. The Independent Redistricting Commission very carefully zigged over to grab Jerome and zagged down to pick up Camp Verde to ensure togetherness.

On the state scale, the unity of the Verde Valley is important, and the IRC paid attention to that.

Currently, the Verde Valley is represented in Phoenix by three people from the other side of Mingus Mountain. The new alignment instead joins the Verde Valley with Flagstaff, Payson, Holbrook and Snowflake.

As long as the Verde Valley is together in this, that looks like a good plan.

With little real change on the Congressional map and a change for the better on the Legislative map, Camp Verde and Beaver Creek come out of redistricting OK.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Article comment by: Blm Blm

Actually......Yavapai County should be split. Its time. WE in the Verde Valley do not share the same priorities or future with prescott. WE want our taxes to stay here, we want our own representation. SPLIT THE COUNTY. prescott is yavapai. Verde Valley is the New Verde County. Lets look to the future Now.

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011
Article comment by: Maybe better results at state level

Maybe we'll get a little better results down at the state legislature now.

With any luck, the Prescott legislators will have to consider the needs of the Verde Valley a bit more than they have been doing. Maybe this helps level the playing field just a little.

Let's hope whoever we elect to represent us in the Verde will in fact do a good job of that down in Phoenix.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

So as far as the Verde Valley is concerned, all that whining, hand-wringing and howling protests of "foul" by the Governor was just one more embarrassment for her?

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