Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Redrawing our boundaries

Look familiar? Of course it doesn't. The image above represents what the LatinoLines Coalition hopes to become the newest 7th council district in Philadelphia. "It's election season and we want to let everyone know who's running the Latino growth in this city is serious," said the group's leader, former Councilman at Large Angel Ortiz. The coalition believes there has been illegal gerrymandering during the last redistricting. Gerrymandering is the drawing of district lines to gain or retain an electoral advantage.

The 7th Council District leader will be decided on Tuesday, May 17 since only Daniel Savage and Maria Quinones-Sanchez are running in the democratic seat. What's going to happen if either wins? We'll just have to wait and see. Although some people think a Latino district needs a Latino councilman (or woman), some think the opposite. The local headlines have been crazy in the past few weeks.
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