State Senate Approves New Redistricting Plan

by ARLnow.com April 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm 4,642 8 Comments

After its first plan was vetoed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Democrat-controlled state Senate has approved a modified plan drawn up by a bipartisan group of senators.

The plan, however, does not change the serpentine borders of the 31st District, which will stretch from North Arlington to Loudoun County along the Potomac River. Likewise, the 30th District will remain unchanged from the first plan, which took away a bit of South Arlington territory from the district’s borders.

If approved by Gov. McDonnell as expected, the plan will place McLean millionaire Caren Merrick within the borders of the 31st District. Merrick has already announced her intention of running for the state Senate as a Republican.

Merrick would face the winner of a Democratic primary battle between Barbara Favola and Lt. Col. Jaime Areizaga-Soto. Democratic technology consultant Ben Tribbett is mulling a run as well, but has been waiting for the district’s borders to be finalized before making a decision.

  • LyonSteve

    Woohoo! Good news for those from N. Arlington!

  • Detailed Arlington maps are available at Blue Virginia (http://bluevirginia.us/diary/3768/maps-of-new-virginia-senate-and-house-districts), courtesy of super-tech Dave Leichtman.

  • TGEoA


    How do you know Merrick is a millionaire? What about Favola?

    • Merrick was the co-founder of a company that was acquired for $545 million. http://www.politico.com/arena/bio/caren_dewitt_merrick.html

      • Lou

        That’s a glowing bio.

        I know a bit about webMethods around the time their IPO hit. They were one of our clients. I think if you asked anybody back then who co-founded WEBM, they would look at you funny. It was all Phillip Merrick.

  • TGEoA

    What about Babs? She’s a millionaire too.

    And if hotness is a factor in voting, Babs is toast.

  • Charles

    Gerrymander is still a contemporary word. The difference now is that most people are too dumb to care, and the politicians too cynical to change.

  • Novanglus

    Wow, that map looks like the sidewalk outside Ri Ra on an early Sunday morning.


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