Certain politicians are trying to draw district lines to divide us, so they can choose which voices to heed and which to silence. BUT we believe that voters must pick our leaders, our leaders canâ€™t pick their voters. Now is the time to speak out for 5 fair, equitable, and competitive voting districts for Spokane County Commissioner positions.Â
The Community Coalition for Creating 5 Fair, Equitable Spokane County Commissioner Districts has presented a map to the Spokane County Redistricting Committee, which puts our values into action. Will you voice your support for this map and our goals and principles?Â
The Community Map does a much better job keeping communities of interest together than the Committee’s Map D as it divides Spokane. Map D splits Spokane into 4 districts which is a deliberate attempt to marginalize City of Spokane voters and violates the principles of keeping communities of interest together. Map D uses partisan gerrymandering to spread out small pieces of Spokane across so many districts.
To create 5 fair, equitable, and competitive Spokane County Commissioner Districts that will elect their Commissioners by district, our map enacts these goals:
This isnâ€™t about politics. Itâ€™s not about Democrats or Republicans. Itâ€™s about proportional representation.
The Community Map:Â
The Community Map divides the City of Spokane, where the majority of the county resides, among three out of the five districts. City of Spokane Voters are just as impacted by County decisions as any other member of the community and pay County Taxes as well. For example, 75% of the County’s budget is spent on the criminal justice system which disproportionately impacts the City of Spokane as the Courts and Jail are all in the City limits. City voters end up dealing with the consequences of the County’s decision on criminal justice.
Your voice is needed:Â
Whatâ€™s at stake: Our County Commissioners hold so much influence over our daily lives and futures, making critical decisions about issues vital to all of us, including public safety, housing, climate change, labor rights and public health. We deserve accountable and responsive local leaders. That is why this moment is critically urgent as we navigate the road to recovery from COVID-19.
For more background or talking points for the upcoming hearing click here.