Longmont’s standing in federal funding should not suffer in its new role as a member of the 2nd Congressional District, assistant city manager Sandi Seader said.
“City staff has always worked with our elected officials in a collaborative and positive way, and the change of Congressional District won’t change that,” Seader said via email. “We have received a lot of federal funds over the years and I would think our applications continue to be as competitive as ever.”
Longmont has been a part of the 4th District in Weld County for a decade and represented in Washington D.C. by Republican Ken Buck.
The Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission last month voted to shift Longmont to the 2nd Congressional District, represented by Joe Neguse, a Lafeyatte Democrat.
Boulder County Democratic Party Chairman Raffi Mercuri told the Leader last week that Longmont will be better represented by Neguse.
The Boulder County Republican Party said in a statement that its “Longmont members are understandably disappointed to be moved to CD2, as it shifts them into a heavily favored “D” district, and they will miss the representation they have had for the last decade.”
Neither Buck nor Neguse could be reached for comment.
The Colorado Supreme Court must vote to formally approve the redistricting maps.