Some members of the state redistricting commission are voicing dislike for another’s proposed compromise on new congressional districts.
The commissioners commented a day after Republican Rick Stertz offered a compromise. It includes a Democratic-backed new competitive district in the Phoenix area and a Republican proposal to have a Tucson-centered district extended into southern Pinal County.
Republican Scott Freeman criticized the idea of a compromise. He said the commission should just apply constitutional mapping criteria, and he called the Phoenix-area competitive district contrived.
Democrat Linda McNulty said having only one competitive district in the Phoenix area was a compromise. She also said Stertz’s proposal fails to reduce the size of a predominantly rural district in northern and eastern Arizona.
Independent Colleen Mathis had suggested merging parts of Stertz and McNulty proposals.