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State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon). (Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee)

Pou, Latino Caucus want Latina on Redistricting Commission

More calls for diversity on Democrats half of reapportionment board

By Nikita Biryukov, May 21 2020 5:32 pm

The Legislative Latino Caucus wants the Democratic State Committee to appoint a women from the state’s Latino community to Legislative Redistricting Commission.

“As you know well, diversity in membership is critical across all government committees, and the composition of this Commission is no exception,” State Sen. Nellie Pou, who chairs the caucus, said in a letter to Democratic State Chairman John Currie and Vice Chairwoman Peg Schaffer.

“We ask that you seize this opportunity to be deliberate about your appointments to the State’s Legislative Redistricting Commission and ensure communities who have historically been left out, women and people of color, are given an opportunity to impact the legislative body for the next ten years.”

Every member of the LLC signed onto the letter, including State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), who are members of Democratic leadership in their respective chambers.

The caucus’s call is the latest in a series to call for more diversity on the Democratic half of the 10-member board.

State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Newark), who chairs the Legislative Black Caucus, made a similar call on Monday, and State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) did the same Tuesday.

“Surely, we as Democrats, can afford to utilize one of the five Democratic appointees to ensure that our political future is defined by someone who may understand the needs, strengths, contributions, or complexities of the Latino community,” Pou said.

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