If you live in the 10th Suffolk District it is very likely you will still have state Rep. Ed Coppinger as your House representative. The proposed redistricting plan calls for a swap of two Ward 20 precincts within the district.
Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, who is in his first term, will still have three precincts in Brookline.
The only proposed change is Ward 20 Precinct 3 (in West Roxbury) to be moved into the 14th Suffolk District (represented by Angelo Scaccia, D-Boston), while Ward 20 Precinct 1 (in Roslindale) would be moved into the 10th Suffolk, which is currently in the 15th Suffolk District, currently represented by state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, D-Boston.
“My intention at the start of the redistricting process was to keep my district whole. The population figures in my district were at the level where I did not need to gain or lose any population,” said Coppinger. “Representative Mike Moran and Senator Stan Rosenberg who chaired the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting had a very tough job of trying to make everyone’s wishes come true. My biggest hope was to keep all of West Roxbury represented by one state representative; unfortunately, that did not happen.”
“Ward 20 Precinct 3 had been part of Representative Angelo Scaccia’s district with Hyde Park and Roslindale in the past. Rep. Scaccia was in the unenviable position of needing to gain population. His current district population numbers were down and his situation got even worse when the town of Milton reduced its number of precincts from 11 to 10 earlier this year.
“Although I am disappointed that I wasn’t able to keep West Roxbury whole,” said Coppinger, “I am happy that I only lost one precinct while many other Representatives in Boston experienced much more significant changes to their districts.”
“I look forward to representing the people of Ward 20 Precinct 1 if I am reelected next year. Rep. Scaccia will work hard for the residents of Ward 20 Precinct 3. Now West Roxbury will have two strong voices in the House of Representatives fighting on their behalf,” said Coppinger.
Throughout the redistricting process, the Special Joint Committee conducted 13 public hearings. The Committee has heard thirty-one hours of testimony from more than 400 groups and individuals.
Check out the Committee's website. You can also add your comment to the site. During the next seven days, the Committee will have an open public comment period before making recommendations to the General Court. This comment period is the first time this has been done in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Congressional districts are also expected to be redistricted, but that info has not been publicly released.
Redistricting is occurring due to the 2010 US Census.