Redistricting is the way we change our political districts that determine who is to represent us in the House of Representatives, our state Senate and Assembly, and many local offices.
This happens every 10 years after the US Census. The process is crucial to the functioning of democracy, and it plays a crucial role in the distribution of political power.
The process is supposed to take place independently of political influence and with input from local communities. The goal is to rebalance districts based on population growth.
With the redirection process now complete in California and the new district boundaries drawn, it is important for voters to become familiar with the candidates and elected officials who will now be on the ballot. They may be different from the names you have become accustomed to seeing and voting on in previous years.
As a new candidate for the State Assembly this year, I urge all voters to examine each candidate so you can make informed decisions. It is important in your research not only to find graduates with beliefs and positions that match yours and your community, but also to consider factors such as experience in performing other public office as well as consistent and important service to society.
You can even contact the candidates directly to ask about their views, experience and service to the community before you become a candidate.
I’m a candidate for Assembly District 76. This is a district that has been redesigned with the addition of new communities, including San Marcos and Escondido, and the subtraction of Poway.
My background includes a long history of real and effective community service, and I currently serve as a local elected official. I am also a business woman with private industry experience, wife and mother.
Please take some time to learn about all the candidates for this newly drawn district, or which district you now live in.
You might think you know the potential candidates in your area. But with redistribution, that may not be the case. It is important that voters learn about all candidates, regardless of race, to ensure that your concerns, values and voice are heard and represented.
Kristie Bruce-Lane is the founder of the Thumbprint Project Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps homeless children who have been hurt by domestic violence. She currently sits on Olivenhain’s municipal water district board. She lives in 4S Ranch with her husband Todd and their 5-year-old son Luke.