From the office of Sen. J.B. Jennings:
No Outcome is Inevitable
This week we witnessed, right here in Maryland, one of the greatest upsets in baseball history. In toppling the Red Sox, our Orioles reminded us all that no outcome is inevitable. And that’s an important thing tokeep in mind as we approach October’s special legislative session.
This state’s political majority is bent upon using redistricting as an opportunity to further consolidate their power and even knock out one of our conservative congressmen. But as we saw at Camden Yards, a dynasty’s best-laid plans cannot and should not be a foregone conclusion.
Together with residents across District 7, I attended the recent redistricting hearings to voice our concerns in this process. I spoke about the importance of keeping communities intact rather than splitting them up. This is paramount to providing excellent service to constituents when community-wide issues arise.
Citizens deserve to have legislators who are completely in tune with their neighborhood’s unique needs, not to be split up amongst the divided attention of two or even three representatives. This was the biggest concern I heard from constituents who testified at the hearings as well: we must keep communities whole.
Maryland has two of the most gerrymandered congressional districts in the entire country – the 2nd and 3rd Congressional districts, which encompass Baltimore and Harford Counties. If some people in power had it their way, those districts would become even more gerrymandered, with little fingers and tails splitting off to divide communities based upon precincts, politics and percentages.
However, you spoke out, letting the redistricting commission know exactly where you believe one community ends and another begins. Your views have been heard, and now it is up to your legislators to listen and to pass a redistricting plan that is fair and makes common sense.
Congressional districts can only have a difference of one person between them. This means that each of Maryland’s new Congressional district populations must be 721,529. One person truly does make a difference, and I urge you to continue to be vigilant about this issue. Remember, nothing is set in stone.
I will be in touch as the special session begins to update you on the proposed lines. As your representative, I am doing everything possible to keep your Congressional district connected to your family and neighbors, not neighborhoods halfway across the state.
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch personally to share your concerns.
As always, I am proud to represent you.
Senator J.B. Jennings