The state’s independent redistricting commission is up against a deadline to finish its work on new district maps before Christmas.
The five-member commission meets in Tempe on Monday as it tries to strike a deal on new congressional districts among its five members.
A compromise offered by Republican Rick Stertz includes a new competitive district in the Phoenix area and a Republican proposal to have a Tucson-centered district extended into southern Pinal County.
But his proposal is meeting opposition from fellow Republican Scott Freeman. He says 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.
Independent Colleen Mathis has suggested merging parts of the two proposals.