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Letter: Gerrymandering must end

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On Feb. 5, a federal court threw out North Carolina’s congressional voting maps drawn by the General Assembly, ruling that two districts were gerrymandered along racial lines. Gerrymandering is nothing new. With new technology, lawmakers in Raleigh have become professionals that surgically draw state and federal legislative districts to assure their victories by picking who they represent. Just look at the current maps of State House Districts 8, 9 and 24 here in Pitt County, where local communities like Greenville and Winterville are sliced into smaller parcels and even some neighbors do not vote in the same races.

Let me be clear, both political parties are at fault for letting this issue spin out of control. Democrats used the practice to their advantage into the early 2000s and Republicans have taken it to a new extreme since coming to power five years ago. The result is an overly complicated elections system that pushes candidates to new extremes, diminishes the voting power of local communities, and makes our citizens lose faith in the political process. After three decades of this nonsense, it is time we solve this issue once and for all.

In the recent decision U.S. District Judge Max Coburn wrote, “Elections should be decided through a contest of issues, not skillful mapmaking.” I could not agree more. If elected as District 9 Representative in the State House, I’ll fight to establish a bipartisan redistricting commission to stop lawmakers from drawing their own job descriptions and make sure legislative districts truly reflect our people. The solution to this problem is not overly Democratic or Republican, but it is common sense. Let’s get legislators working for everyone again, at all levels of government. I am ready to bring new leadership to Raleigh in 2016 to resolve this issue and move forward.

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I just went to Brian's

I just went to Brian's website. Nowhere on that page does he say "I am a Democrat". Hum???

There is...

There is no one so virtuous as a Democrat out of power.

Is anyone surprised ?


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