The Issues

Opposing Gerrymandering

Chris West

Chris supported the Citizens Map over the Legisaltive Redistricting Committee

When I ran for election in 2018, I promised that I would do everything I could to prevent another round of gerrymandering after the 2020 census.For the past decade, Maryland has been the laughingstock of the nation due to our egregiously gerrymandered Congressional Districts.For example, the Third Congressional District was likened by a federal judge to a pterodactyl with a broken wing lying prostrate across central Maryland.The decennial redistricting process in Maryland has been used by the State Democrat Party as an opportunity to insult and demean Maryland voters by assigning them to ludicrous districts so drawn that favored Democrat candidates will always win.This year shaped up as more fun and games by Democrat power brokers operating behind closed doors.Their new Third Congressional District looked like Barney the Dinosaur, with his little hands reaching out to strangle the TV towers on Television Hill in Baltimore City.

I was appointed as a member of the specially-formed redistricting committee.It was designed to be a rubber-stamp for the partisan gerrymandering crafted by Democrats behind closed doors.Alone among the members of the committee, I asked pointed questions but of course received unresponsive answers.I renewed my critical inquiries on the floor of the State Senate but to no avail.Fortunately, the courts stepped in and found the Congressional redistricting to have been the product of an “extreme partisan gerrymandering”.As a result, this year, for the first time in many years, we will have genuinely contested Congressional elections this fall in at least four of our eight Congressional districts.

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