Donna Edwards turns up the heat on Montgomery County legislators

Screen shot of Rep. Edward's email

As the Governor’s proposed redistricting map moves to the House of Delegates today, Rep. Donna Edwards, the lone member of the congressional delegation to publicly oppose it, is ramping up pressure on Montgomery County legislators to support an alternative map she proposed. Under Gov. O’Malley’s map Edwards would lose all of Montgomery County that is currently in her district. Edwards and other black lawmakers blasted that plan saying it would undermine the growing minority population.

To make her point more clear Edwards launched an online petition today targeting legislators from Montgomery County asking them to support her plan in an email to supporters.

Dear Friends,

The Maryland Senate passed the redistricting plan Monday night, and the House of Delegates is expected to vote today.  It is important to make your voice heard.

From Change.org:

Sign Petition and Support the Amendment to Congressional Redistricting Bill SB1
Why this is Important

SB1, the redistricting plan passed by the Maryland Senate is unfair to Montgomery County residents, especially those living in diverse East County neighborhoods like Silver Spring, Burtonsville and Briggs Chaney. These neighborhoods will be placed into an oddly shaped congressional district that stretches all the way to neighborhoods north of Baltimore City. An alternative is available that is fairer and will allow more Montgomery County residents to keep the same local congressional representation that they depend on. I urge you to support the amendment to SB1 and look forward to your response.

The House of Delegates is expected to approve the governor’s plan between today and tomorrow. Both chambers are expected to pass the final version by the end of the week.
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