Los Osos woman not picked in lottery for state redistricting committee

Lillian Judd of Los Osos was not among the eight commissioners chosen in a Thursday morning drawing to select members of the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission.

But Judd remains in the hunt, as the eight chosen will pick the final six from among the 22 remaining applicants.

The commission will redraw district lines for the House of Representatives, the state Senate and Assembly, and the state Board of Equalization. Voters approved the commission and defined its powers in two separate statewide ballot measures.

Voters want to remove redistricting power from the Legislature, whose Republican and Democratic leaders, critics say, conspire to draw the lines in a way that protects incumbents of both parties.

The Constitution requires that the boundaries be redrawn every 10 years, after the U.S. Census is conducted.

The Thursday morning drawing, supervised by the state auditor’s office, chose three Republicans, three Democrats and two voters registered with a minor party or not registered with any party.

All had been through a lengthy vetting process that began with 30,000 applicants.

A representative of the auditor’s office drew the numbers from a bin, lottery-style.

Judd had number eight.

The eight chosen were demographically mixed. There were two white males; three Asian-American women; a Hispanic woman, an African-American woman, and an Asian-American male, according to the commission website.

They came from all over the state, including one from Yolo County in the North State, and one from the Inland Empire, east of Los Angeles.