Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano wants legislators to vote against a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way legislative district lines are drawn after the 2020 census.
“I am in opposition to the redistricting plan currently in front of the legislature. In our increasingly polarized political climate, our leaders must fight against the corrosive effect of gerrymandering on our democracy, not allow partisan map-making to flourish in yet another state,” Soriano said.
“I am a proud Democrat, and I have been proud to be a part of the great strides our party has made in this state over the past several years,” said Soriano. “However, the implementation of a structural advantage that favors one party over another will serve only to delegitimize all future progress our party makes.”
Soriano was elected mayor in 2017, ousting a Republican incumbsnt in Morris Coubty’s most populated municipality.
“The current redistricting process in our state is a model for the rest of the country to follow. From Wisconsin to North Carolina, the Republican Party has drawn themselves gerrymandered maps that strain the concept of democracy,” said Soriano. “The Democratic Party must be better. We must strive to win on the strength of our ideas, not the strength of our cartography. I implore the legislature to vote this plan down and keep the current redistricting process in place.”