April 12, 2019/Press

NCDP Statement on GOP Proposal to Gerrymander Winston-Salem City Council Districts

Raleigh – NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin and Winston-Salem City Councilwoman D.D. Adams released the following joint statement in response to a GOP proposal to redraw city council maps in Winston-Salem:

“Without concern from the public or input from city councilors, Republican legislators took it upon themselves to try and gerrymander Winston-Salem’s city council seats for partisan, political gain. This unnecessary and harmful proposal will hurt diversity on the council and diminish the voices of Winston-Salem’s residents. We urge lawmakers to reject it.”

BACKGROUND

The GOP proposal would decrease the number of Winston-Salem’s wards from eight to five and create three at-large positions on the city council. [Winston-Salem Journal, 3/29/19]

The proposal double-bunks the three African-American women serving on the council. [Winston-Salem Journal, 3/29/19]

The proposal double-bunks councilman Dan Besse, who challenged bill co-sponsor Danny Lambeth in 2018, with a Republican councilman. [Winston-Salem Journal, 3/29/19]

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