Dear friends and neighbors,

Fall has arrived and the school year has started here in Kitsap. As life gets busier and we all continue to do our part to control the pandemic, I wanted to get you some timely information about two important issues you may have heard about in the news recently.

Voting districts are changing

Every 10 years, following the census, Washington redraws the boundaries of legislative and congressional voting districts so that they accurately reflect our state’s changing populations. We have an interesting “redistricting” process in this state that reduces the political gerrymandering that we hear so much about in other states. While the results from our process are never perfect, Washington is seen around the nation as one to look at for best practices. The Redistricting Commission has been working for months now, and just last week released four legislative mapping proposals. It’s now time for public comment and feedback.

Highlights of proposed changes to the 23rd Legislative District include Republican proposals to move Bainbridge into the same legislative district as downtown Seattle, and all proposals change the legislative boundaries in the city of Bremerton. You can learn more about the process and view the proposed maps here. A statewide public outreach meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and you can register here. This is the current 23rd Legislative District that I represent:

Supporting Afghan people

Like many of you, I watched the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan last month with a mix of heavy emotions. As our country enters this new era, we must continue to support the Afghan people through diplomacy, international influence, and humanitarian aid while also supporting Afghan families seeking refuge here. I know our community is ready to support and advocate for Afghan families seeking refuge here in Kitsap and in the greater Puget Sound area. To that end, I am providing a statewide list of Refugee Resettlement Agencies from the DSHS Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance as well as this FAQ of general information on the crisis, also from DSHS.

Out and about

Earlier this month I visited Naval Hospital Bremerton, where I shared in a solemn commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and toured the facility’s urgent care and covid-related operations.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update and don’t hesitate to contact me at Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov.

Stay healthy,

Christine