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PIERCE COUNTY: Redistricting shoud be redone

Letter by James W. Clark, University Place on July 13, 2011 at 9:43 am | 14 Comments »
July 13, 2011 9:43 am

Re: “Panel adopts district map despite critics” (TNT. 7-13).

What a mess! I am not politically shrewd, but even I understand how important redistricting is for fair representation of community interests.

The Pierce County Council didn’t place much importance on it, given the inadequate time allowed to develop a redistricting plan. Districting Committee members didn’t take it too seriously either, apparently believing it was an honest, above-board exercise in equitable redistribution of voting power.

Committee members learned about the plan adoption rules for the first time Tuesday evening, and also learned that the Democrat appointees and their politically affiliated “Master Redistricter” had rigged the game. Steven Garrett “submitted” a seriously flawed final redistricting plan which by county statute must be approved by the majority of committee members or become “by default” the adopted plan.

The committee could have amended the plan by a supermajority vote, but Democrats Kenneth Blair and Sam Ross weren’t playing – they had already won the game – to the disappointment, frustration and disadvadvantage of communities throughout the county.

Ross and Blair couldn’t be bothered during the meeting to participate in discussions designed to seek a compromise solution, and Ross and Karen Seinfeld couldn’t be bothered to come back after final map errors were corrected to work toward a healthy compromise.

So there you have it: Everything that is wrong with politics and politicians wrapped into one neat, 60-day package. Here’s to the incompetent master redistricter and his fellow Democrats for putting one over on us. The adopted plan disrupts communities throughout the county and should be immediately redone.

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