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Milford Could Join Congressional District Held by Frank [Poll]

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton) would represent Milford, under revised congressional districts approved by a state redistricting committee Monday.

Milford could soon be in the Fourth Congressional District, currently represented by Barney Frank (D-Newton).

A week after Gov. Deval Patrick signed off on , the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting released maps Monday re-drawing the state's congressional districts, which have shrunk from 10 to nine districts due to population shifts. For approval, the new districts must be adopted by the full House and Senate before Nov. 16.

To view the new map (and the old map) see the images on the right.

In the new maps, Frank's district would cover Needham, Medfield and Walpole, which are currently in the state's Ninth District represented by Democrat Stephen Lynch. The district will also take other Norfolk County towns including Plainville, Wrentham, Franklin, Medway (currently in the Third District) and part of Bellingham (currently in the Second District).

Milford and Hopedale (Worcester County) as well as Hopkinton (Middlesex County) will also shift into the Fourth District. Those towns are currently represented by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-3rd) or U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield). 

Meanwhile, the Fourth District will lose a large part of Southern Bristol County and East Plymouth County, including New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Acushnet, Wareham, Middleborough, Marion, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Halifax and part of Fall River, which will all now be a part of a newly-drawn Ninth District. 

As the Boston Globe reported today, the new Ninth District has created a bit of a snag with two current representatives — South Boston-based U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and U.S. Rep. William Keating, of Quincy — as the two Democrats could face off against each other for control of a district.

UglyHat November 08, 2011 at 07:38 PM
I am not for public education (at the federal level) either. And even at the local level, I think the public education system would be better off with less government intrusion. But that is another topic all together.
David Nolta November 08, 2011 at 09:24 PM
I agree that it's another topic altogether, and once again raises the question of implementation. So that while the Federal Government has no constitutional sanction to educate or to guarantee education, it is the longstanding rule that EVERY CHILD in this country is entitled to an education. It is considered a natural and inalienable human right on the national and international level. I for one am glad for it, whatever level (state, local) administers it. And with No Child Left Behind, George Bush made a clear statement about Federal interest in the educational system.
David Nolta November 13, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Go Nancy Pelosi!!
Mary MacDonald November 28, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Several media outlets are reporting that Barney Frank has decided, and will announce today, he will not seek re-election.
Jim Rizoli November 28, 2011 at 05:47 PM
At least part of America's problems are being dealt with, with him retiring that is. Jim@ccfiile.com

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