Dermody praises new congressional district map
New map represents fairness and competitiveness, rather than the gerrymandered monstrosity now in use
HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said the congressional district plan released today by the state Supreme Court is a fair alternative that will permit free and equal elections as the state constitution requires.
“This map represents fairness and competitiveness, rather than the gerrymandered monstrosity we were using that deprived too many voters of their voice,” Dermody said.
“The 18 districts in this map make sense geographically and the court showed its understanding and respect for communities of common interest within the districts.
“The creation of a Montgomery County-based district ensures that the state’s third most populous county will have the unified representation it lacked for too long. Indeed, this map features unified districts for Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Lancaster counties as well.
“Similarly, the combination of Lehigh and Northampton counties in one district is a welcome return to past practice,” Dermody said.
He noted the Supreme Court’s map splits just 13 counties. That’s fewer than half the splits of the map being replaced and it’s fewer county splits than any of the proposals submitted by parties in the case.
“The new map is easy to understand and will reduce confusion for voters who will no longer have to figure out wildly contorted district shapes to determine who represents them in Congress,” Dermody said.
“The court’s excellent work should be respected by all parties, and it should be accepted without further delay so that candidates and voters can immediately prepare for the upcoming election with these new districts.”