Senator George Barker came up with a redistricting plan specifically designed to dilute the political influence of Prince William County, and Chairman Corey Stewart is taking him to task for it. Good for him. When residents go to the polls this November and have to deal with all the split precincts and insane district lines, I hope they remember who was responsible for that horrid mess.
Instead, Senator George Barker, who drew the state senate districts, has proposed a plan that ensures that the county will only have one representative in the state senate. The plan would splinter Prince William into seven Senate districts, six of which would likely be held be residents of other counties, including Fairfax (3), Loudoun (1), Fauquier (1) and Westmoreland (1).
Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman, Corey Stewart, issued the following comment in regard to the latest Virginia redistricting plan: “Although I have disagreed with him in the past, I have never before questioned Senator Barker’s motives. But this plan disenfranchises Prince William County and its citizens. The plan dilutes the influence of Prince William in Richmond, despite the fact that we are the second largest County in the Commonwealth and growing fast. This plan is a disgrace, and I urge Governor McDonnell to make reasonable and fair adjustments to the state senate districts.”
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling has already called for wholesale changes in the Senate’s redistricting plan, a horrible gerrymander derided by all sides of the political spectrum. That’s a good indicator we’re going to see some major changes come out of the Governor’s office, even after the House followed through on their backroom deal and approved by a wide margin that indefensible, decidedly undemocratic plan designed by Democrats. It would be far preferable for members of the House to listen to their conscience and vote against atrocities like this instead of being good little sheep who do the establishment’s bidding. Instead, they have to rely on the Governor to try to fix the mess they allowed to pass.
In the end, given the deal-making at work here, it’s likely going to fall on the electorate to fix this mess, and the first item is to hold accountable the people that made it. Senator George Barker is high on that list.
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