Redistricting discussions come to Sublette

SUBLETTE COUNTY – While this county makes a mark as the fastest-growing in some statewide comparisons, it also has notably lost population between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, according to House Rep. Albert Sommers, District No. 20.

In the year 2000, the county’s population was about 4,700. In 2010, it rose to 10,200 residents. In 2020, the census counted 8,728, according to Sublette County Clerk Carrie Long. The numbers matter to the Wyoming Legislature, where every 10 years its legislators’ districts are usually redrawn, based on a county’s growth or loss, to capture about 10,000 residents. That can make some odd legislative divisions.

Sommers and Long hosted two public meetings about voter redistricting on Friday, one in Marbleton and one at Pinedale.

Sommers, whose goal is to keep Sublette County whole, wanted to explain how the county might have to “make up” the shortage by embracing LaBarge, with about 400 residents, and Farson-Eden with about 700.

“I don’t want to split a community,” he said.

In Marbleton as in Pinedale, participating public and politicians preferred seeing if LaBarge and Farson-Eden are interested rather than

Independent Rep. Jim Roscoe’s House District No. 22, which includes parts of Sublette, Teton and Lincoln counties, has the opposite situation, with the others’ population increases that might pull his district together around Teton County.

Statewide, redistricting by committee means that each county and “community of interest” could weigh options and interests and various proposals are afloat. Sommers mainly discussed two options with the public Friday, with the help of Wyoming’s Legislative Services Office.

Those two options can be viewed at the official Sublette County home page, Scroll down to News & Announcements for “Legislative Redistricting –Region 10 Options.”

Sommers said would like to hear from constituents as soon as possible, with a redistricting meeting coming up later this week. Contact him at [email protected].