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OPINION: New Legislative Maps Would Unseat Del. Boteler

Top vote recipient Del. Joe Boteler would no longer live in the district he currently represents under proposed legislative maps.

Republican of the 8th legislative district, which includes parts of Parkville and much of Carney and Perry Hall, submitted the following statement as a letter to the editor.

Last week, Gov. Martin O’Malley released his proposed legislative map for 2012 through 2022 and made a few changes to the current 8th district of Maryland.

The biggest change to the map was the political exclusion of my seatmate Del. Joe Boteler’s home precinct. This means that Del. Boteler will no longer live in the 8th district. This was done for one reason and one reason only, and that was to take the out of the district in an effort to win one more seat for the Democrats in the 8th. This is political gerrymandering at its worst and is repeated across the state of Maryland on numerous occasions.

If you currently vote at , , or , you will no longer be in the 8th district. They have removed these precincts to take Del. Boteler out of the district, and in return, added four precincts in Loch Raven and two precincts in Rosedale. I am very disappointed with the governor because he has decided to split Carney in half for political reasons, without thinking of the needs of its residents.

Currently, this proposal is being challenged in court by the Fannie Lou Hammer PAC and I fully support their efforts. Gerrymandering is one of the most corrupt actions an elected official can do and this map is full of numerous occurrences of gerrymandering. The governor has done a huge disservice to the citizens of Maryland and his efforts to disenfranchise voters will continue to keep Maryland a one-party State.

Do you agree or disagree with the proposed legislative district changes? Tell us in the comments.

Tim December 30, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Every election we're tasked with picking the least terrible candidate for (insert position here).
John Doe December 30, 2011 at 05:59 PM
If Ehrlich had a band, then maybe I would vote for him.
J C Jackson December 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Maybe we should re district OMALLEY. Why can't we just leave things alone if it works don't fix it!!!!
Hendo December 31, 2011 at 04:54 AM
I'm a Democrat, but we need a balance. We need more Republicans in state government, not less.
Chris Defeo January 03, 2012 at 08:47 PM
As someone who has volunteered for Delegate Boteler's campaign, and is still his Legislative Aide, I know Joe is committed to the 8th District till his 4 year term is up. Delegate Boteler has and will remain focused on small business prosperity, fighting potential tax and fee increases, and maintaining transparency for all of his constituents. We need more legislators like Delegate Boteler and Cluster in Annapolis!!

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