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Bartels named to state post

Bartels, professor of politics and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been named to the state Apportionment Commission that is remapping New Jersey's 40 legislative districts. The appointment was made by Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz on Tuesday.

Bartels, who will serve as the independent, 11th member of the board, is the Donald E. Stokes Professor in Public and International Affairs. Coincidentally, Stokes, a distinguished political scientist who served for 18 years as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, served the Commission in the same tie-breaking role in both 1991 and in 1981. Stokes died of acute leukemia in 1998.

The Commission, which also has five Democrats and five Republicans as members, rearranges the boundaries of voting districts to reflect shifts in population detected in the decennial census. It is charged with redistricting before key state elections this year.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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