Just a quick note on more redistricting fall-out. Lost in the angst locally and elsewhere over the congressional districts redistricting plan is the shuffle in the Governor’s Council districts. In the it’s “all among friends” geograpical dance – Governor’s Councilor Marilyn Pettito Devaney has lost the First Middlesex Senatorial District to friend and colleague Mary Ellen Manning – but certainly not by choice! An unhappy Devaney was bemoaning this fate to Greater Lowell Area Dems at last night’s Democratic State Committee meeting out at Fitchburg State U. Devaney was always well-treated by activists up here. Puzzled by the move, she now faces introducing herself to new communities like Belmont. Her colleague Manning has had the Lowell-area communities of Tewksbury and Dracut of the Second Essex/Middlesex Senatorial district in her geographical baliwick for a longtime. A prize for anyone who can reporting a local sighting of Manning! Will Lowell, Tyngsboro, Westford, Dunstable, Groton and Pepperell fare better in catching a glimpse of Manning? Maybe Devaney will bring her friend to the East End Club. Will the senate district reassignments bring out new candidates to challenge these longtime Councilors? Stay tuned.
Here’s a link to the new Governor’s Council districts map.