As prescribed in the US Constitution, every 10 years the United States conducts a census and counts everyone in the country. After the census, there is a redistricting process in which the areas that have gained population can potentially gain seats in the US House of Representatives. Population shifts nationally and statewide dictate that new maps be drawn to update representation in government at multiple levels. Historically, redistricting has been conducted by the political party in power in each state. This has resulted in highly gerrymandered and oddly shaped districts that are designed to keep the party in power in power for another 10 years until after the next census. Allowing the political parties to draw lopsided maps – literally – is obviously not a fair to the people and leads to unrepresentative government.
In 2000, the voters of Arizona passed a Citizen’s Initiative that took the redistricting process out of the hands of the Republican-controlled Legislature and gave it to an Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC). By law, there are two Republican members, two Democratic members and one Independent member.
Arizona’s 2021 Independent Redistricting Commission has been working on new Congressional and Legislative maps for a few months now. Controversial draft maps (version 10) were passed by the commissioners on October 28, 2021.
The maps are not final, and many people in Pima County, myself included, are not happy with the Pima County’s gerrymandered districts. Tucson proper is split into four different districts, ignoring natural boundaries like Interstate 10 and multiple mountain ranges and putting urban areas in districts that are heavily rural.
Continue reading Podcast: Independent Redistricting Commission Draft Maps Ready for Public Comment (video)
It has been a very busy 2016 with four house parties, six days of library tabling, regular canvassing, and many meetings and community events, like the Tanque Verde Democrats Women Candidates Forum, the Foothills Forum, the Arizona List Luncheon, Cyclovia and the Garden District Porch Fest.
This Sunday, May 15 is the date of my last house party before petition signatures are due on June 1.
You are cordially invited to the home of former Pima County Democratic Party Chair Don Jorgensen and his wife Kathy in the Tucson Foothills, 6460 N. Camino Abbey, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Jorgensens are hosting four candidates at this event: Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell (Corporation Commission candidates), Brian Bickel (Pima County Supervisor candidate), and me– Pamela Powers Hannley (LD9 house candidate).
Chabin, Mundell and I are all running as Clean Elections Candidates. If you come, please bring at least three $5 bills for Clean Elections qualifying contributions.
If you can’t come to the brunch, please consider going to this link and donating five to eligible Clean Elections candidates online. The Clean Elections process is important to Arizona’s democracy because it allows progressives like me to run for office without accepting big money donations from PACs or dark money donors.
Here is the link to the Facebook event, and below is the full invitation for Sunday‘s brunch house party. You can RSVP on Facebook or my contacting Don with the information below. I hope to see you soon…at the Jorgensen’s… or along the campaign trail in the coming months. Continue reading Four Candidates: Brunch House Party, May 15