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California's first-ever citizens redistricting commission lost a member Friday and gained an executive director.

Democrat Elaine Kuo resigned from the 14-member panel, saying time limitations make it impractical for her to continue.

"It's been an honor to be part of the process," Kuo said in announcing her resignation in a public meeting.

The redistricting commission is charged with drawing legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization district boundaries.

The panel also hired an executive director, Daniel Claypool, from a pool of 29 applicants that had been whittled down to four final contenders.

Claypool formerly worked for the Bureau of State Audits, where he helped to lay the groundwork for formation of the commission, which was created through voter passage of Proposition 11 in 2008.

The panel now must turn its attention to replacing Kuo, a Mountain View resident and one of five Democrats on the panel.

Under state law, the commission must consist of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four independent or minor-party voters.

Kuo is expected to be replaced within 30 days from a list of Democratic finalists for the post.


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