The Butte County supervisors should not draw districts simply to help Debra Lucero avoid an opponent in next year’s election.
Supervisor Lucero’s preferred plan to create a district that stretches from Gridley all the way up to the Butte/Tehama border makes no sense. Yes, it would make her opponent ineligible to run against her; but that’s not the purpose of redistricting.
North Chico is a unique area that needs a representative on the Board of Supervisors who will be a champion for North Chico issues like flood control, air service, development and transportation.
It would be a disservice to the residents of Biggs and Gridley to draw them into such a large district that puts their priorities at odds with the interests of North Chico.
It would also be a disservice to residents of suburban North Chico to put them in a district combined with the urban core of Chico. Let’s face it, students living in three-story tall apartment buildings downtown don’t share much in common with families living on a half-acre parcel off Keefer Road.
Districts should be drawn in a fair manner that respects the different areas of our county. The Board of Supervisors should not let Debra Lucero rig the process to benefit her own personal political agenda.
— Dustin Bush, Chico