Anne Arundel County’s Charter Revision Commission will hold its first meeting tonight to discuss possible changes to the council’s voting districts. Changes to the boundaries of districts 1 and 4 are anticipated. According to an article in The Capital:
Over the past 10 years, the county’s population grew by 44,691 – from 489,656 to 534,347. The average – the so-called “ideal” – population for each district is 76,335.
According to the county, the population of District 1 – which includes Severn, Linthicum and Brooklyn Park – is now 9.63 percent below the ideal. District 4 – which includes Odenton, Laurel and Crownsville – is 10.93 percent above the ideal.
District 1 is represented by Councilman Daryl Jones, D-Severn. District 4 is represented by Councilman Jamie Benoit, D-Crownsville.
While population growth around Fort George G. Meade spurred the growth of District 4, a recent change in law prompted the decrease in District 1, officials said.
By statute, the county no longer counts the 5,000 inmates at the five state prisons in District 1 as part of that area’s population.