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|Rep. Alma Adams sticks with 2020 campaign regardless of district map|
|3-term incumbent to run even if lines are redrawn|
|Published Tuesday, October 29, 2019 9:50 pm|
|OFFICE OF U.S. REP. ALMA ADAMS|
|U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, who represents Charlotte in Congress, plans to run for re-election regardless of how the district is redrawn after a Superior Court panel ordered an injunction against the current lines for the 2020 elections.|
Regardless of how Charlotte’s congressional map is drawn, Alma Adams will run for another term.
Adams, who has represented the 12th Congressional District since 2014, acknowledged to constituents Tuesday she’ll campaign for a fourth term. A three-judge Superior Court panel ordered an injunction Monday against North Carolina’s congressional map to remedy a partisan gerrymander that favors Republican candidates. Plaintiffs successfully argued that the current lines, drawn by the GOP-dominated General Assembly, all but guarantee Republican wins in 10 of 13 districts. Voters statewide break nearly evenly for Democrats and Republicans.
“I've proudly represented Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in Congress since 2014,” Adams, a Democrat, wrote in an email to supporters. “Our office delivered for Charlotte by securing hundreds of millions of dollars for critical infrastructure projects and leading an initiative to end hunger in our community. However, we still have a lot to accomplish on issues ranging from housing to higher education. That is why, no matter how the General Assembly draws the Congressional map, I will run for reelection in Charlotte.”
Adams railed against the current map, which she said limits “consistent representation” by allowing lawmakers to gerrymander by race and party. Two African Americans – Adams and G.K. Butterfield – are members of the congressional delegation. Adams and Republican Virginia Foxx are the only women.
“Because of Republicans' illegal racial and political gerrymanders, our Congressional delegation has been thrown into chaos far too many times,” Adams wrote. …
“Furthermore, we need a delegation that reflects the diversity of our state. Democratic women are the largest single block of voters in North Carolina, but out of 15 members of the US House and Senate, I’m the only one. Fair districts will give North Carolina women the chance to have a greater voice in Congress, and I will work as hard as I can to add another Democratic woman to our delegation.”
The judges didn’t give the state a deadline to redraw the maps, and an appeal could still be filed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that state courts are better suited to decide redistricting disputes. Republican lawmakers argued a redraw would create voter confusion and potentially delay elections, including the March 3, 2020 primary. Adams, though, is all in on her commitment to Charlotte.
“When we are inaugurating a Democratic President in 15 months,” she wrote, “I’ll still be hanging my hat in the Queen City.”
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