New Congressional Maps Would Alter Easton's Representation in Washington
Easton likely to switch from Lynch's district to Frank's District
A bill that was being finalized in the state legislature Wednesday night would alter Easton's representation in Washington.
Rep. Stephen Lynch's office confirmed Wednesday that a bill that was passed in the house and senate would switch Easton's representation from the proposed 8th congressional district, which Lynch (D - South Boston) would represent to the proposed 4th congressional district, which Rep. Barney Frank (D - Newton) would represent. The move, which was in the process of being enacted by both houses Wednesday night, would swap Easton with Walpole.
The change comes after proposed maps were released on Nov. 7 by the state's redistricting committee that included Walpole in Frank's 4th District and Easton in Lynch's 8th district.
Lynch said that while he is disappointed he will no longer represent the shovel town, it has been an "honor" to represent Easton for the past 10 years.
“I have represented the town of Easton since 2001 and it has been a wonderful honor to do so," he said in a statement. "While I am disappointed that the newly amended 8th district will no longer include many of my current towns such as Easton, Medfield, Needham, Hanson and Randolph, I realize that it was a difficult process and I must commend the Redistricting Committee and the State Legislature for ensuring everyone’s voice has been heard.”
Easton's likely new district, represented by Frank, includes the neighboring towns of Sharon, Norton and Mansfield.
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