More Maps by Jerry Mandering
My redistricting consultant, Jerry Mandering, called again and told me he had taken - and beaten! - my challenge to draw a district with more than 51 counties.
Jerry presented two plans which each had a 54 county district. Ther both broke up the six county Polk-Linn district.
Here's Jerry's first effort...
The largest county in both of the 54 county districts is Cerro Gordo (44,000). I like the first one better; the second one produces an unfortunately plausible Des Moines district.
While he was at it, Jerry presented the plan he really wants to see:
I had to actually trace the districts with my finger to see, yes, they are contiguous.