I drove for over an hour recently to chat with my Rep. Rob Summerfield (R-Bloomer) of the 67th District.
I questioned him on his approval of the process that was used to draw the current district election maps, behind closed doors, with instructions to legislators to not talk about the maps to constituents — and then passed within a very short time with little to no input from the Democrats or Wisconsin constituents. Rep. Summerfield would not answer my question.
Twice I asked if he would request of Rep. Kathy Bernier, chairperson of Campaigns and Elections Committee, to hold a public hearing on AB 44/SB13, which is legislation on creating fair voting maps. Thirty-one Wisconsin counties have passed referendum by large percentages to have a fair map drawing process, such as the Iowa method. Also, this year the Wisconsin County Association overwhelming adopted a resolution to create a nonpartisan map drawing process.
Rep. Summerfield said that "Rep. Bernier could make that decision,” in essence telling me "no" and making it clear to me he did not see any problem with the past process.
Rep. Summerfield and I do not agree on much, but since I am not the only person in his district that feels Wisconsin should have a fair election map drawing process — as noted by the fact that counties in his district did overwhelmingly vote to have a fairer map drawing process— he should have agreed to request that Rep. Bernier hold a public hearing on AB44/SB13.
This is just one reason I would like to have a chance for different representation. I have a voice, but I don’t have a representative who needs my vote.
JANE PEDERSEN, Menomonie