County commission to hold special meeting

Curry County commissioners have scheduled a special public hearing for 5:30 p.m. today to consider changing the districts each is elected to represent.

The meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex is prompted by results of the 2010 Census.

Population changes shown in the Census require districts in the county — in which residents vote for commissioners to represent them — to be realigned so that each of the five has the same number of residents, said consultant Michael Sharp of Research & Polling Inc.

Districts must have equal populations within them, with a plus or minus margin of 5 percent, he said.

Sharp has presented commissioners with several options for new district boundaries.

One of the options being proposed would redraw boundaries for two districts, placing incumbents Frank Blackburn and Wendell Bostwick in the same district. If accepted, the change would force a runoff between the two in the June primary election if each chose to seek re-election.