This month, Professor Asher Hildebrand was interviewed on Spectrum 1 News for the Capital Tonight segment. He discussed the new proposed congressional and legislative maps in North Carolina.
Together with Professors Michael Bitzer and Chris Cooper, Professor Hildebrand analyzed the breakdown of the maps in terms of bipartisan effort. He highlighted districts such as Union County to Johnson County that did not have to be drawn together in order to fulfill court regulations. For example, Chapel Hill and Ash and Allegheny County have very different values. Professor Hildebrand pointed out that putting them in the same district disrespects the idea that people who live together should have the chance to elect officials together.
“I think the significant thing here is that I have still not seen any statement from Republican or Democratic leaders indicating that there was a bipartisan process to produce these maps. My speculation is that these were drawn by Republican leaders, that they are a step in the right direction that still fall short of where we need to be”.
– Professor Asher Hildebrand
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Asher D. Hildebrand is the Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy.