Opinion: Redistribution means that voters must take the time to meet the new candidates

A sign for a polling station in San Diego County. Photo by Chris Stone

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.

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