Gerrymandering is one of the central reasons behind the dysfunctional workings of our state and federal government. When district lines are drawn in such as a way as to give one party a distinct advantage by intentionally diluting the votes of the opposing party, incumbents worry less about being defeated in November and more worried about being defeated in their own party’s primary by somebody more ideologically driven than themselves. This results in a race to the extremes and an inability to compromise for the good of the people. One need not look anywhere other than Alabama’s district maps for good examples of this practice. Whether it’s racial, socio-economic, or partisan reasons, gerrymandering is not good for our political process and will not result in getting things done for the people of Alabama.
As your next state senator from District 32, I will be a champion for fairly drawn district lines and a healthy exchange of competitive ideas for the voters to hear. Our democracy is healthier when we allow more diverse opinions into the conversation that we have to shape policy.