The Legislature held a public hearing last week on the proposed maps that will determine our state assembly, senate and congressional districts. More than 200 people registered to testify against them. No one from the general public registered to testify for the maps.
That’s because the maps are unfair. Democrats and Republicans need to recognize that we all want fairness no matter who is in power when the maps are drawn. I am a preschool teacher and fairness is a value that all 3 and 4 year olds instinctively care about. Adults need to model the fairness we expect preschoolers to learn.
These maps are drawn to skew the results of elections for at least the next 10 years to favor the majority party. Both parties need to care about all the people having their voices (and votes) matter.
The speaker of the House testified that the districts were drawn to, among other things, favor incumbents. Shouldn’t incumbents earn their seats in each election by working for your vote? My students would recognize immediately if they didn’t get the toy as much as their friend. Fairness matters.
A League of Women Voters official testified that LWV chapters across the state are having trouble setting up their traditional forums for candidates to appear before voters and answer questions prior to the election. Majority party candidates refuse to appear before the voters. Why should they? Their seats are safe. This is unfair. Everyone needs to get to have a turn, a vote, a voice. Such a simple preschool skill.
Bullies take. We don’t allow bullying in pre-K, and we teach that noticing your friend’s needs and sharing are fair. All politicians need to recognize that democracy includes all voices. A politician needs to care about all the voices. even if it is hard to care or share. It matters.
This quiet testimony by the small woman who waited hours to give it, caught my attention. My questions and views matter. So do yours.
Please contact your representatives to oppose the proposed maps. Visit piercecountygro.org/contact-legislators/.