Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, will run in 2012 in a less-sprawling district and one that shifts south and west to include the Tri-Valley and Lamorinda.
Buchanan said she agrees with the changes proposed today by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
The draft map released this morning would cut out Sacramento and San Joaquin counties from the 15th Assembly District and make it into a denser, more drive-able plot that spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The district currently runs from Elk Grove in the north and down to the Sunol and Ohlone regional parks south of Livermore. It juts out west to include the San Ramon Valley and Walnut Creek.
The proposal cuts out all Central Valley cities and gives Buchanan the communities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore as well as Moraga, Lafayette and Orinda.
San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson ran against Buchanan unsuccessfully twice, the last time in 2010. He said he hasn't yet had a chance to examine the redistricting proposals for the Assembly, but he hopes San Ramon will be fairly represented.
Buchanan was a board member for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and has deep roots in the East Bay education community.
"I've worked a lot with the school districts in Lamorinda, so I look forward to having them in my district," she said. "People there I’ve talked to say they’re happy I’m representing them."
A geographically smaller district is easier to represent, Buchanan said.
"It’s too difficult when you’re not known in parts of the district," she said. "Having it more compact in the long run will be better for connecting with constituents."
The redistricting commission will accept public comment for two more weeks. Final approval of the maps is scheduled for Aug. 15.
The commission is tasked with drawing up new districts for the state Assembly, state Senate, Congress and the Board of Equalization.