Here's what Spokane County's final proposed redistricting map looks like

click to enlarge Two solid Republican districts, one solid(ish) Democratic district, and two potential swing districts. - DANIEL WALTERS DATA VISUALIZATION (DAVE'S REDISTRICTING APP, TABLEAU)
Daniel Walters data visualization (Dave's Redistricting App, Tableau)
Two solid Republican districts, one solid(ish) Democratic district, and two potential swing districts.

After the Spokane Redistricting Committee approves their agreed-upon redistricting plan at their 4 pm meeting tomorrow, Oct. 21, the decades-long drought of Democrats on the Spokane County Commission is set to be a thing of the past.

The proposed compromise they plan to sign off on includes at least one deep-blue district. District 1 includes the Western half of the city of Spokane and stretches from 29th street north, past Whitworth University. It is a district that Gov. Jay Inslee beat challenger Loren Culp in by nearly nine percentage points last year.

Democrats tend to perform worse in local races than at the state or national level, but a spread that large should enable progressives to win that district. They may have a much harder time winning in Eastern Spokane's District 2, with only a 4 percentage point cushion when looking at the same gubernatorial race.


But in the right conditions for Democrats, they could even take control of a majority of seats on the Board of County Commissioners. Culp only won District 5, which covers the West Plains, by a 4 percentage point margin.

That means the board could have potentially three competitive districts — depending on the national climate and the strengths and weaknesses of the local candidates.

Meanwhile, the redistricting committee also achieves their other stated goal: Keeping many of the region's natural constituencies together. The
West Plains remains together, with Airway Heights, Fairchild Air Force Base, Medical Lake, and Cheney all in the same district. Spokane Valley, however, remains split. One half of Spokane Valley is in District 3, while the other half is stuck in District 4 with their Liberty Lake rivals.
WHAT DISTRICT 1 LOOKS LIKE
Meanwhile, in our continuing series of describing the districts with pop culture icons, District 1 looks kind of like Mr. Tumnus, the Faun from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, dressed up as Guile from Street Fighter for Halloween. 
click to enlarge Awww, look at his little tail! - DANIEL WALTERS DATA VISUALIZATION (DAVE'S REDISTRICTING APP, TABLEAU)
Daniel Walters data visualization (Dave's Redistricting App, Tableau)
Awww, look at his little tail!

CORRECTION: The original version of this post misstated how Spokane and Spokane Valley were divided in the final proposed map.

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Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, Daniel Walters is the Inlander's senior investigative reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...