Redistricting in VA

Mari Bonomi

February 11, 2019

The Wednesday, February 20 open meeting of Rappahannock Indivisible—We the People continues to investigate gerrymandering and Virginia’s broken redistricting process, featuring guest speaker Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021.Cannon, a double William and Mary graduate, is a key voice in advocating for fair redistricting in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Speaking of taking the helm of OneVirginia2021, he said, “Fixing our broken redistricting process is the most important thing we can do for the health of Virginia’s democracy. The momentum for reform is building and the time is right to do it now.”While the term “gerrymandering” comes from the early 19th century Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry, the practice in this country dates back to Patrick Henry’s term as Virginia’s governor. The primary difference between the 18th and 21st century versions is the technology used to draw these partisan districts.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship building at 366 James Wharf Road in White Stone. All interested residents are welcome. As is true every month, the Fellowship allowing Rappahannock Indivisible to use its meeting room does not represent endorsement of candidates or positions taken by Rappahannock Indivisible.