Although Galt’s status in the Sacramento County 5th District appears to be securely set, boundary lines for Galt’s fate regarding the State Assembly, State Senate and Congressional districts is unknown. Initial maps see Galt shifting out of its current Assembly and Congressional districts, but staying in its existing State Senate district; however, that district may take on a new look.

Based, for the most part, on population density, California’s Congressional, state legislature and local governmental agencies district area maps are reevaluated every 10 years, using the most current Census data to determine boundary lines.

On Nov. 10, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission released their first round of draft maps for State Assembly, State Senate and Congressional districts. The independent organization sought public feedback on their proposed changes to the political boundary areas for nearly two weeks, to help determine new districting boundaries. The State Assembly, State Senate and Congressional district maps must be finalized and submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by Dec. 27.

Sacramento County

After several public meetings were held regarding Sacramento County redistricting, County Supervisors met on Nov. 16 and 17 to finalize the county’s district maps. All five supervisors agreed on a tentative final map on Nov. 17; however, the realignment process will not become final until Dec. 7, when the supervisors are slated to adopt the final map.

Galt sits in District 5 and, although there are a few changes to the district’s boundaries, District 5 has remained relatively the same. If adopted, the new district boundaries will lose a portion of Rancho Cordova, as well as a large section of the Jackson Highway corridor. Cities and towns in the proposed 5th District are Galt, Isleton, Elk Grove, Herald, Wilton, Mather and part of Rancho Cordova.

Currently, Don Nottoli represents District 5; however, he announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking reelection in November 2022.

State Assembly

A significant change for Galt in Assembly District boundaries could be on the horizon.

Currently in the 9th Assembly District, which is represented by Democrat Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, Galt may get pulled into an Assembly district to the south.

The draft map includes south Sacramento County cities Isleton and Galt, and proposes that the towns of Herald and Wilton, which are in Assembly District 8, join Galt in the new Assembly district. The district then heads southeast through parts of San Joaquin County to the southern border of Stanislaus County.

Besides the South Sacramento County areas already mentioned, additional cities and towns in this proposed district include Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Riverbank, Linden, Farmington, Escalon, Oakdale and Hickman.

The proposed boundaries do not include Stockton or Modesto.

The current 9th Assembly District covers as far north as the Sacramento International Airport to south of Lodi. The proposed district will shift a little to the north and shrink as far as overall land mass, and will encompass the city of Elk Grove, Cooper’s home city.

State Senate

Galt looks to remain in the 5th State Senate District, currently represented by Democrat Susan Talamantes Eggman. The district will stretch further south than its current boundary. Galt will remain in the district’s northern tip; however, the proposed district will now include Wilton, Herald and Rancho Murieta, pulling them from their current State Senate District 8.

The State Senate District will include larger cities of Stockton, Manteca and Tracy, and cover the southwest areas in Stanislaus County.

Congressional District

Galt could also move out of the 9th Congressional District, which is represented by Democrat Jerry McNerney. The proposed map shows Galt joining its northerly neighbors, and what is now the 7th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Democrat Ami Bera.

The proposed district map looks very similar to the county district map, with the 7th district catching Galt in the south, midtown Sacramento to the north, Rancho Murieta to the east and Clarksburg to the west.