Governor Wolf Holds Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session in Western Pennsylvania
February 01, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf concluded a cross-state series of listening sessions today at Point Park University to hear from faculty, students, community leaders, and residents about gerrymandering and the process to redraw congressional district boundaries. The General Assembly has until February 9 to draft new congressional districts after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined the current maps are unconstitutional.
“This is a historic opportunity to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and deliver a fair Congressional map, and I want to hear directly from the people of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “We need a transparent conversation about redistricting and the comments and feedback from the Pittsburgh region will help me make the best decisions over the next few weeks.”
Along with Governor Wolf, panelists included Suzanne Broughton of Fair Districts PA; Point Park University Political Science Professor Nathan Firestone; Micah Sims, Executive Director, Common Cause PA; and Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation.
Listening sessions were held in State College and Philadelphia earlier in the week. To ensure this discussion continues, Governor Wolf invites the public to provide their suggestions and concerns online at governor.pa.gov/fair-maps.
Governor Wolf has enlisted non-partisan mathematician, Moon Duchin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Mathematics from Tufts University, to provide him with guidance on evaluating redistricting maps for fairness.
NOTE: Video, audio, and photos from this event will be available for download later today in an email from the Pennsylvania Internet News Service (PINS). To register for PINS emails, firstname.lastname@example.org.