The newly drawn electoral maps have divided Davidson County into two separate districts, making where you live in the county the deciding factor for who you can vote in 2022 for the United States House of Representatives.
Last week, state lawmakers passed new maps for the state’s 14 seats in the US House of Representatives. North Carolina won a seat in Congress after data from the 2020 U.S. Census confirmed the state had gained one million people in the past 10 years.
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Davidson County was once part of the 13th Congressional District of North Carolina and also included Davie, Rowan, Randolph, Alamance, Person and Caswell counties and parts of Chatham and Lee counties.
He is currently represented by Representative Ted Budd, who is running for the US Senate seat vacated by retired Representative Richard Burr.
In the redistribution of the 2021 electoral maps, Davidson County will now be divided between the 10th and 7th districts of the United States Congress. The western and northern parts of Davidson County are found in the 10th Arrondissement, while the eastern and central parts are included in the 7th Arrondissement.
The newly configured 10th district includes Cabarrus, Davie and Rowan counties and parts of Davidson, Iredell, Davie and Guilford counties. The 7th US Congressional District includes Alamance, Chatham, Randolph and Lee counties and parts of Davidson, Wake, Guilford and Harnett counties.
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Due to this division in the electoral map, there are two representatives in the United States House of Representatives for Davidson County.
Representative Richard Hudson (R-Concord), who currently represents the 8th District, has announced that he will run for the newly developed 10th District. He served as a member of the United States Congress for the 13th District between 2012 and 2016, which included Davidson County before the congressional maps were adjusted.
While at Lexington on Wednesday, Hudson said he was delighted to have the opportunity to represent parts of Davidson County again.
âI love this community; I love this county. I really enjoyed the time I spent here when it was in my district before, so I was delighted when it was made official Friday that Davidson County would be in the 10th district, âsaid Hudson.
The redistribution in North Carolina has been quite controversial in the past. Over the past 10 years, courts have repeatedly ordered the drawing of new Congressional maps due to gerrymandering.
In 2016, the courts ordered the redrawing of the district maps after it was determined that the 2011 state maps had been racially gerrymandered, a ruling that was upheld by the Supreme Court. In 2019, federal courts demanded that new lines be drawn for congressional districts for the 2020 election for the same reason.
The NAACP has previously filed a complaint over the newly drawn North Carolina electoral maps indicating that the new boundaries, again, give Republican candidates an unfair advantage.
Hudson said that while he has no influence on the ongoing lawsuits, he hopes the electoral maps will remain as they are currently drawn.
âI’m not a lawyer and I’m not a party to the lawsuits, so all I can do is face what I have in front of me. I hope (the maps) will stick as I would definitely love to return to the district representing Davidson County. All I can do is keep moving forward, âsaid Hudson.
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With the adjustment of electoral maps, candidates must ensure that they are attuned to the wants and needs of each new constituency. Hudson said the best way to ensure elected officials represent all residents of a district is to spend time in those communities.
âMy philosophy as a congressman is that if I don’t know you and you don’t know me or I don’t know this community, the opportunities and the challenges here, then how can I represent this community in Washington? ? That’s why I’m here just a few days after the neighborhood change. I want people to know that I will be here and that I want to win their vote, âsaid Hudson.
Democratic candidate Scott Huffman of Cabarrus County has also announced that he will run as the representative of the newly drawn 10th District of the United States Congress.
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