Kach agreed, saying the split "does a disservice to the people of northern Baltimore County."
He's in 42B because the redistricting panel placed his current district, the 5th, completely into Carroll County. Under the proposal, the other half of northern Baltimore County outside the 42nd will be in District 7, which also includes western Harford County.
Kach said he's been looking into the possibility of having the commission's decision reversed and reunifying what was previously District 5B in Baltimore County.
"We have quite a community up there, and it's not by chance that northern Baltimore County looks the way it does," Kach said. "It takes a lot of effort to keep things going, preserve farms and open space… I just think it's vital to that area that they be together, and as I said, there are a lot of challenges up there."
Kach said he sat down this past week with Frank, Aumann and Boteler to discuss at the situation.
While he said there was no sense in making plans before the map is finalized, Kach doubts all four will run against each other for the two seats.
"There are other options out there, so we'll just have to see what happens," Kach said. "I think the main thing that voters need to understand is that I was elected in 2010 to represent District 5B…and that is my job for the next three years.
"That's not to say that I'm not going to work in the new district — I used to represent most of 42B — but my priority is my district."
Shifting the 11th District
Redistricting will also bring changes to the 11th District. Currently 11th District Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Democrat, said the district would lose some western precincts along the county line with Carroll in exchange for what amounts to a unified Pikesville district.
"I know lots of people in the new areas, so on the one hand, I'm excited that Pikesville is reunified for the first time in 20 years," Zirkin said. "I grew up on the side that was not in the 11th, and I have a lot of friends who still live there.
"On the other hand, I'm very disappointed about losing the parts of my district that I'm losing. I've come to really love representing Reisterstown, Randallstown, and some of those areas," he said.
In exchange for Pikesville precincts that Zirkin would pick up in the eastern part of his district — which would extend to Interstate 83 and also include two Cockeysville precincts — he would lose parts of Randallstown, Reisterstown and Owings Mills to the 10th District.
Zirkin said he has heard concerns from residents who would no longer be represented by him — that area would be in 10th District Sen. Delores Kelly's district — but he said if he's not able to get some of those areas back, he'll continue to act as if he were their senator.
"Fortunately and unfortunately, I'm not the one writing the map," Zirkin said. "I was lobbying along with every legislator."