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Mayor Michael Soriano. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Soriano opposes redistricting plan

Parsippany Mayor opposes ‘corrosive effect of gerrymandering’

By David Wildstein, December 15 2018 1:00 pm

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.”

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4 thoughts on “Soriano opposes redistricting plan

  1. Soriano who? This guy hasn’t even been mayor a day and he’s trying way in on statewide issues. He should worry about the BS pilot program going on in his town before he starts weighing in on out of town issues

  2. Everyone knows Publius is Louie Valori. Louie is the same guy that raised taxes every year he was on the board of education and also the same guy who approved a 235,000 dollar increase in the superintendent’s salary after the governor put the 175,000 dollar cap in place.

    1. I am not Lou Valori. I don’t know how you would like me to prove it, but I can if need be. Just a concerned Parsippany resident who doesn’t like what’s been going on for the past year.

      Mayor Soriano is a very nice person, but he doesn’t know what he’s doing. And I hope that he gains experience with time and gets better, but I’m not going to get my hopes up.

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