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.
Board member Budd Simpson drew the map with the “tentacle.” He maintains he wasn’t gerrymandering, and agreed with criticism that it looks wrong.
In one draft map, seven Democratic representatives were combined in three districts, while no Republicans were.
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.