02 February 2017
About 100 Lake Monticello Newcomers and Old Friends members heard about the scourge of gerrymandering Sunday (Jan. 29) at a meeting at the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department.
It’s an issue with unusual bipartisan support that has far-reaching effects on who represents the people, said Brian Cannon, executive director of One Virginia 2021, a group dedicated to changing gerrymandering.
Gerrymandering is the deliberate manipulation of legislative district boundaries for political power – according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and One Virginia 2021.
Whatever party is in power in a state when districts are redrawn every 10 years will legally draw those lines to maximize its base of support, Cannon said.
One need not go far to see an example: the 22nd Senate District of Virginia, to which Fluvanna belongs. The district snakes through six counties and includes parts of Lynchburg and Louisa County. It is a largely Republican district and the Republican candidate Mark Peake won the Jan. 10 special election.Add a comment