The NC Legislature just released new maps on how they envision re-drawing districts in the state. Below are the comments I submitted on the proposed 2017 Redistricting Plans:
Good afternoon my name is Russ Stephenson. I have been a Raleigh City Councilor for the past 12 years. When Council districts are updated, our staff selects the boundaries based on compactness and equal geographic distribution.
It is a non-partisan redistricting process that leads – as you might expect – to non-partisan decision making. What that means is that our Council decisions serve all the citizens of Raleigh equally, rather than favoring one partisan base or the other.
In conclusion, I recommend you adopt a non-partisan redistricting process in order to better serve all the citizens of North Carolina.