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Redistricting panel considers mapping aides

Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commissioners (from left to right) Democrat Linda McNulty, independent chairwoman Colleen Mathis, Democrat José Herrera, Republican Richard Stertz and Republican Scott Freeman. (Photos by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commissioners (from left to right) Democrat Linda McNulty, independent chairwoman Colleen Mathis, Democrat José Herrera, Republican Richard Stertz and Republican Scott Freeman. (Photos by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

A former member of Arizona’s last redistricting commission says current commissioners should be careful to make their own decisions without relying too much on mapping consultants.

The new commission is interviewing four firms applying to be hired as the panel’s consultants to help draw maps of new congressional and legislative districts to use in elections in the coming decade.

Ex-Commissioner Andi Minkoff told the panel Friday that she was frustrated that the process used last time didn’t allow timely consideration of the goal of creating competitive districts.

The current applicants include TerraSystems Southwest Inc. of Tucson, Phoenix-based Research Advisory Services, Washington-based Strategic Telemetry Inc. and National Demographics Corp.

Glendale, Calif.-based NDC served as consultants to the previous Arizona commission that drew maps a decade ago.

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