Newest Assembly map has two current districts combined representing Elk Grove, Sacramento

A series of maps released today by the California Citizens Redistricting show Elk Grove being included in a California Assembly encompassing much of South Sacramento.

The new map has Elk Grove, which is currently part of California Assembly District 9, represented by Jim Cooper, being included with southern portions of California Assembly District 7, currently represented by Kevin McCarty. 

The hybrid district would take northern portions of District 9, with Elk Grove as a southern border, and combine it with southern portions of District 7. The new district would roughly go from Elk Grove through South Sacramento to approximately Highway 50 and Jackson Highway on the north.

The District's eastern border is Elk Grove's east side, north along the Union Pacific Railroad Track and Watt Avenue. The jagged western border would include Elk Grove's western border, the Sacramento area on the west side of Sacramento's Meadowview, Pocket, and Greenhaven neighborhoods, extending to Highway 99.

As with each release of proposed maps, interesting political possibilities arise. According to a reliable source, McCarty resides in this district by mear feet, as well as Cooper, who maintains residency in Elk Grove. 

Should Cooper decide to seek the Sacramento County Sheriff's office, which has been the source of much political speculation, it would leave McCarty as the sole incumbent. However, should Cooper decide against seeking the Sheriff's position, in the current scenario, there would be two Democratic incumbents in the same district.

Interestingly, the northern portions of McCarty's current district under this scenario would be an open seat. If that were to continue through the final district map, it could attract considerable interest from individuals and current Democratic officeholders.  

It appears as though Cooper, like many others considering their political possibilities for 2022, is frozen until the final maps arrive in late December. Until then, maps will continue their refinement with ongoing political jockeying and behind-the-scenes parlor games.    

Below are the representations of various groups under the proposed map.

Click on the image to enlarge. 

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