Competition would improve representation

December 16, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Mark Hile

Competition is a good thing. I support politicians who believe competition is a good thing. Unfortunately, many politicians who gerrymander their own districts believe that rules don’t apply to them. They draw their voting districts — picking their voters — in a way that carves up natural communities and drives out any competition. We need to require that politicians inject competition into legislative districts. This requires stopping the backward practice of politicians getting to draw their own districts to ensure their re-election. That’s called gerrymandering and it destroys competition and leads us to call for things like term limits.