Protecting our democracy from gerrymandering requires us to move the responsibility for redistricting from the state legislature to an independent state commission.

Gerrymandering discourages competitive elections. The number of uncontested races continues to climb, bringing with it career politicians and government deadlock. Politicians who have drawn legislative boundaries to their own political advantage have nothing to fear on Election Day; there are no consequences for their actions. Worst of all, limited competition means limited debate on issues important to voters and leads to a disengaged electorate as voters feel their input no longer matters.

I support redistricting led by an independent commission following a process that is transparent, impartial and fair. This will encourage competition and require legislators to be more responsive to their constituents.