Last night at 5:30 during the week of Christmas, Annapolis Democrats released their state legislative map proposal. This is the map of all the State Senate/House of Delegates districts which have to be within +/- 5% of an exact population.
Unfortunately, contrary to the Non-Partisan Redistricting Commission appointed by Governor Hogan - which held dozens of hearings and released several draft maps before submitting a very fair map, THIS partisan, Democrat map proposal has been released as a draft final. It knifes into Carroll County, attaching parts of District 5 - including Hampstead, Finksburg and portions of Manchester and Westminster - to a majority Baltimore County State Senate district (District 42).
The worst part is - they did this so that they could move a Democratic State Senator's district completely out of Southern Carroll County and extend District 5 all the way to the Carroll/Howard border.
(For those reading this from outside my district, the Democrats are doing this kind of thing in several other parts of the state too)
This is complicated but essentially the Democrat-run, politician-only redistricting committee (called "LRAC") is chopping up our area and are making a new, single-member Delegate district (42C) in parts of Eastern and Central Carroll County that attaches to the rest of District 42 in Northern Baltimore County. You can view it all here:
As you know - I strongly oppose gerrymandering and object to breaking up counties in odd ways. I will fight this map in the 2022 Session beginning in January.
However- the best way to make your voice heard on this now is to contact LRAC (General Assembly Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee) by contacting them via email. You can submit your comments as written testimony to this address: - [email protected].
Your comments can be as simple as expressing that - if you are a resident of the areas of Carroll County that I mentioned - you don't want to be split up or put into a separate county, especially for political purposes. Keeping communities of interest together is a valid point of concern. Putting your concerns on the record in this way helps, believe it or not, as the fight moves forward and will likely include legal action.
I'm sorry to darken the Christmas and holiday season with this bad news but I try to always keep you informed about what was happening. I will not stop fighting for fair districts in our area and throughout Maryland. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] with questions and concerns.