There likely won’t be any changes to the district lines used in last year’s election until 2032.
Legislators raised concerns about Marcum’s role in the state’s redistricting board and her defense of the governor’s steep budget cuts to the university in 2019.
Each lawsuit argues that communities were wrongly placed in the same district with other communities they have little in common with.
All three members who were appointed by Republican elected officials supported the map; the two who were not appointed by Republican officials opposed it.
Two board members expressed concern that the voting strength of racial minorities in South Muldoon would be weakened by putting it in the same Senate district as Eagle River.
The board chose a Senate map for Anchorage drawn by board member Bethany Marcum. She was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Board member Budd Simpson said the benefits of more compact districts in the final map make it more likely to withstand a legal challenge than a proposal by Bethany Marcum, a fellow appointee of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
In one draft map, seven Democratic representatives were combined in three districts, while no Republicans were.
The board rewrites boundaries based on federal census results, so its decisions affect who controls each chamber for 10 years.
Bethany Marcum of Anchorage and E. Budd Simpson of Juneau are the first members appointed to the board, which rewrites boundaries based on federal census results.