Local Voters Sliced, Whacked And Hacked In Redistricting
HARRISBURG PA – Proposed changes to Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ district boundaries, under the yet-to-be-approved statewide political redistricting plan, would split the borough of Pottstown and selectively add the northwestern Montgomery County boroughs of East Greenville, Red Hill and Pennsburg to a mostly Lehigh County district, The Pennsylvania Independent online news service reported Wednesday (Nov. 23, 2011).
Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township residents know what that feels like. In a similar political move a decade ago, they were selectively lumped into the mostly Lehigh County 15th Congressional District.
Pottstown public officials have formally made known their displeasure with the latest development, in which the divided borough would be represented by Rep. Thomas Quigley of the state House 146th District and Rep. Marcy Toepel of the 147th District. The borough currently is fully in Quigley’s domain.
And the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses in Pennsburg, Red Hill and East Greenville, isn’t happy either. They have been cut from their current district and are proposed to be included in a small finger of the 131st District, which is almost entirely contained within neighboring Lehigh County, according to The Independent.
“It will be difficult even for the most attentive representatives to establish a strong presence and adequately serve our business and residential interests,” the chamber’s Luanne Stauffer said.
- Read a story by reporter Eric Boehm, titled “New House districts disregard county borders in many cases” and published Wednesday by The Independent, here.