Big Changes for District 2 in Proposed MA House Redistricting

Government & Politics

Sharon Machlis


October 13, 2021

Both of District 2’s precincts would be in new state House districts under the proposed Massachusetts redistricting plan unveiled yesterday by a special legislative committee.

Precinct 5 would move to the 7th Middlesex District, now held by Rep. Jack Lewis. He represents portions of Framingham and all of Ashland. Precinct 5 is currently in the 6th Middlesex seat now held by Rep. Maria Robinson (who is expected to resign soon to take an appointment in the Biden Administration at the U.S. Energy Department).

Precinct 3, currently the lone Framingham precinct in the 13th Middlesex that also includes Sudbury and portions of Marborough, would shift to an all-Framingham 6th Middlesex District. The 6th Middlesex was re-drawn to include a “majority minority” population and would be 41% non-Hispanic white, according to documents released by the Legislature’s Special Joint Committee on Redistricting. The 7th Middlesex would be 69% non-Hispanic white, roughly the state average (which is 68%).

However, two other Framingham precincts have been carved off of the city’s main House districts, each to a different district. Precinct 1 would shift to the 4th Middlesex District including Marlborough; and Precinct 4 would be the lone Middlesex County area in the 19th Worcester representing Southborough, Northborough, and Westborough.

You can see more about the redistricting and local reaction at the Framingham Source.

In the state Senate proposal, all Framingham precincts would be in what’s called District 13 along with Natick, Ashland, Hopkinton, Holliston, and part of Medway, looking quite similar to Senate President Karen Spilka’s current 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk.

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