Petersburg Leaders Encouraged By Redistricting Ruling

Petersburg leaders are encouraged by the Alaska Supreme Court order on the state’s new legislative districts. The Southeast City was the only other town that had challenged the Redistricting Board’s plan. In that case, the Superior court ruled in favor of the Board last December and the city chose not to appeal.

Petersburg City Manager Steve Giesbrecht says it’s prompted local officials to revisit the issue.

Petersburg has long shared a senate district with Sitka , Wrangell, Ketchikan and some smaller towns. The Redistricting Board’s current plan puts Petersburg together with Juneau and Skagway. Petersburg initially challenged the plan on a number of issues.

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Matt Lichtenstein is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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