Albuquerque city councilor proposes adding two new districts

A new proposal wants to let voters decide whether to create two new city council positions. 

Councilor Isaac Benton says Albuquerque’s population has more than doubled since 1974 when the city last established its nine city council districts. He says it’s now time to expand to 11 districts. 

KRQE News 13’s political analyst says the biggest question, if it passes, is how it would affect redistricting. 

“I could see Democrats, for example, trying to redraw the lines to maybe squeeze out some Republicans. So that will really be the debate if there is one if this actually gets proposed,” Gabe Sanchez, UNM political science professor, said.

If his amendment is approved, the decision would be left to the voters this November. 

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