When Sen. George Barker has town hall meetings where he is asked to explain why he drew such ridiculous and undemocratic district lines, his staff apparently tries to block anyone attending that meeting from filming his remarks. Perhaps constituents should show up in greater numbers, ask even more pointed questions, and all bring video cameras. Trying to hide from constituents like this is just reprehensible.
Barker has a town hall meeting scheduled with Delegate Rich Anderson on June 25th at the McCoart Building. I’d love to see a few hundred voters show up armed with maps of the senate districts that George Barker drew and ask him pointed questions about why Barker wanted to disenfranchise them in specific ways. Someone in Gainesville who is now in the 28th District could ask why Barker drew them into a district that includes Westmoreland County and connects to their house via a 400 foot wide corridor. Someone in Manassas could ask why their community is split apart so they can share a district with Dale City, but not their neighbors across the street. And someone out in Woodbridge can demand answers to why Barker drew their district in such a way that it takes boat travel to navigate it.
Barker will try to assert that his plan is no worse than the plan that House Republicans drew up. That’s hogwash. Not a single house district requires that you own a boat to navigate the district, and not one is as bizarrely shaped as the 31st district. George Barker’s district lines break up communities of interest, they make a joke of compactness, and they clearly aim to prevent communities from being in control of their own destinies.
Don’t let George Barker push you around and try to silence you while he contorts your legislative districts into another demonstration of how Democrats care nothing for actual democracy.
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