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Jeffrey Fox, an independent, asks NorCo Council to adopt resolutions to end gerrymandering. Jeffrey Fox, an independent, asks NorCo Council to adopt resolutions to end gerrymandering.

Northampton Co.: Council considers backing Boscola bill

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Bethlehem Press recently ran a series about gerrymandering and the bipartisan redistricting reform bills sponsored by State Senator Lisa Boscola and State Rep. David Parker.

One longtime advocate of this kind of reform is NorCo Council member Peg Ferraro, a Republican. She was in the audience at a recent forum concerning the gerrymander at Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem. She and Democrat Ken Kraft agreed to cosponsor a resolution calling on the state legislature to enact changes in the redistricting process that will prevent legislators from picking their voters.

Resolutions supporting the Boscola-Parker proposal have already been approved in Pittsburgh, Cumberland County, West Hanover Township, East Pennsboro Township, Upper Allen Township, Lower Paxton Township, Highspire Borough Council and Capital Region Council of Governments.

Locally, the only state legislators who have failed to cosponsor gerrymander reform are Joe Emrick, Marcia Hahn, Gary Day and Ryan MacKenzie.

Northampton County will consider this resolution, thanks to a request from Slate Belt resident Jeffrey Fox. “Northampton County has always been a leader,” he said. “You can be a leader in this effort as well by passing a resolution ... that puts the redistricting process back in the hands of the citizens.”