Where do NCGA candidates stand on redistricting reform?

We asked all candidates running in the 2016 legislative primary election the following question:

"Will you support legislation that ends the practice of lawmakers drawing their own districts and allows for an independent, nonpartisan entity to produce legislative and congressional maps?"

While many candidates did not respond to the question, among those that did there was a strong sign of bipartisan agreement, with 18 Republican and 26 Democratic candidates saying they will support independent redistricting. The candidates' responses are posted below.

N.C. Senate

DISTRICTCOUNTIESCANDIDATEPARTYRESPONSE
4 Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren, WilsonAngela Bryant Dem YES – I would support nonpartisan redistricting similar to the amendment introduced by Sen. Dan Blue that was ruled out of order.
4 Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren, WilsonJames E. Mills Dem Candidate did not respond
11 Johnston, Nash, Wilson Benton Sawrey Rep Candidate did not respond
11 Johnston, Nash, Wilson Rick Horner Rep YES – I'm a North Carolinian 1st, a Republican 2nd.
12 Harnett, Johnston, Lee James (Jay) Willis Sills, Jr. Dem YES
12 Harnett, Johnston, Lee Susan Byerly Dem Candidate did not respond
16 Wake Ellis Hankins Dem YES – I am fully committed. If I am a member of the 2017 NC Senate, I will co-sponsor one or more bills, and will do everything I can to help put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to accomplish this.
16 Wake Jay Chaudhuri Dem YES – An independent restricting process would save our State millions of dollars in litigation, better reflect the voters’ will, and give voters greater confidence in our political system. I would absolutely support a bill to turn all future redistricting over to an independent commission.
21 Cumberland, Hoke Ben Clark Dem Candidate did not respond
21 Cumberland, Hoke Eronomy Neon (Mohammed) Smith Dem Candidate did not respond
21 Cumberland, Hoke Naveed Aziz Dem YES - Voters have the right to choose their representatives.
31 Forsyth, Yadkin Dempsey Brewer Rep NO – Nothing is truly independent. Define rules up front, use a use computer algorithm, prevent parties from deliberately trying to gain advantage. But in the end it is the job of elected officials in the legislature.
31 Forsyth, Yadkin Joyce Krawiec Rep Candidate did not respond
31 Forsyth, Yadkin Peter Antinozzi Rep NO – To protect the integrity of redistricting, the process must be independent of potential partisan gains-losses and be respectful of the laws in place. Fair and equitable redistricting is a responsibility of the General Assembly and they should perform this duty with rigor and be held accountable.
33 Davidson, Montgomery Cathy Dunn Rep YES - I will support an independent entity to draw congressional maps!
33 Davidson, Montgomery Eddie Gallimore Rep Candidate did not respond
33 Davidson, Montgomery Joe D. Kennedy Rep YES - I will support the legislation.
35 Union Matt Daly Rep YES - I would support legislation to end the practice of legislators drawing their own districts. As our system currently stands, it benefits the lawmakers, and not their constituents.
35 Union Tommy Tucker Rep Candidate did not respond
36 Cabarrus, Union Andrew W. Platek Dem YES - When officials in charge of re-drawing the maps say that their proposal still held a 10-3 Republican-to-Democrat ratio because they "couldn't get it to 11 to 2", that's when you know that it's time for a new system.
36 Cabarrus, Union Robert Brown Dem YES
36 Cabarrus, Union Amy Blake Rep Candidate did not respond
36 Cabarrus, Union Parish Moffitt Rep YES - North Carolina is now in the minority of states still utilizing their own legislatures to draw boundaries. The trials and tribulations that we experience in the 12th district are examples used in political science examples on gerrymandering and as we see, the district will be heard (most likely) by the SCOTUS for the 6th time. I personally live in the 12th and find it disturbing that I can walk from one side of the district to the other in short order.
36 Cabarrus, Union Paul R. Newton Rep Candidate did not respond
36 Cabarrus, Union Scott C. Aumuller Rep Candidate did not respond
38 Mecklenburg Joel Ford Dem Candidate did not respond
38 Mecklenburg Roderick Davis Dem Candidate did not respond
40 Mecklenburg Joyce Waddell Dem Candidate did not respond
40 Mecklenburg Nasif Majeed Dem Candidate did not respond
44 Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln Chris Carney Rep Candidate did not respond
44 Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln David Curtis Rep Candidate did not respond
45 Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga Deanna Ballard Rep Candidate did not respond
45 Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga Ken Boham Rep Candidate did not respond
46 Burke, Cleveland Anne Fischer Dem YES - I do support a nonpartisan method for drawing voting maps.
46 Burke, Cleveland Jim Cates Dem YES - Redistricting is not a democratic way of free choice of candidates.
47 Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey Mary Jane Boyd Dem YES
47 Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey Tim Murphy Dem Candidate did not respond
48 Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania Chuck Edwards Rep Candidate did not respond
48 Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania Dennis Justice Rep YES - While I do not feel that my own district has been "rigged," it is obvious that both parties have gerrymandered in some way for some time. If it was me, we'd have 50 hard districts (one per two counties) for State Senate and 100 hard districts (one per county) for State House, with elections every four years. Of course, that won't happen without ballot initiatives, something I'd strongly support. In the meantime, I do support an independent body redrawing Congressional and State district lines in the future.
48 Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania Lisa Carpenter Baldwin Rep Candidate did not respond

N.C. House of Representatives

DISTRICTCOUNTIESCANDIDATEPARTYRESPONSE
6 Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Washington Judy Justice Dem YES – I absolutely support reform. Gerrymandering is undermining our democracy.
6 Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Washington Warren Judge Dem Candidate did not respond
6 Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Washington Ashley Woolard Rep Candidate did not respond
6 Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Washington Beverly Boswell Rep Undecided - Would need more information.
9 Pitt Brian Farkas Dem YES - I am very supportive & actively working on this issue.
9 Pitt Walter E. Gaskins Dem Candidate did not respond
10 Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Wayne Jeffrey D. Gregory Rep Candidate did not respond
10 Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Wayne John Bell Rep Candidate did not respond
17 Brunswick Frank Iler Rep Candidate did not respond
17 Brunswick Marion Davis Rep Candidate did not respond
20 New Hanover Holly Grange Rep Candidate did not respond
20 New Hanover Tammy Covil Rep Candidate did not respond
21 Duplin, Sampson, Wayne Larry Bell Dem Candidate did not respond
21 Duplin, Sampson, Wayne Scotty L. Smith Dem Candidate did not respond
22 Bladen, Johnston, Sampson Ben Snyder Dem YES
22 Bladen, Johnston, Sampson William Brisson Dem Candidate did not respond
24 Pitt, Wilson Jean Farmer-Butterfield Dem YES
24 Pitt, Wilson Kandie D. Smith Dem YES - I will support the end of the practice of gerrymandering and I support a non-partisan independent commission to produce legislative and congressional maps. I don't think lawmakers should impose partisanship and politics when deciding how the citizens are represented.
26 Johnston Dennis Nielsen Rep Candidate did not respond
26 Johnston Donna M. White Rep Candidate did not respond
27 Halifax, Northampton Franklin Williams Jr. Dem Candidate did not respond
27 Halifax, Northampton Michael Wray Dem Candidate did not respond
28 Johnston Jimmie M. Massengill Dem YES –I will support legislation that ends lawmakers drawing their own districts and pursues a independent nonpartisan solution.
28 Johnston Patricia Oliver Dem Candidate did not respond
28 Johnston Gregory A. Dail Rep YES - I would, but I find it odd that after decades upon decades of gerrymandering this all come to a head during a Republican legislature. Funny how "reforms" always happen when Democrats are out of power.
28 Johnston Larry Strickland Rep Candidate did not respond
28 Johnston Tony Braswell Rep YES - There have been a number of problems with this over the years with changes every 10 or so. Yes, I would support if done fairly with all the constituents in mind.
32 Granville, Vance, Warren Gary Lamont Miles, Sr. Dem Candidate did not respond
32 Granville, Vance, Warren Terry Garrison Dem Candidate did not respond
33 Wake Bernard Allen II Dem Candidate did not respond
33 Wake Rosa Gill Dem YES
33 Wake Shirley Hicks Dem YES - I would support legislation that ends the practice of lawmakers drawing their own districts and allows for an independent, nonpartisan entity to produce legislative and congressional maps because lawmakers have drawn district lines to benefit themselves. A subdivision should not be divided into two House district. The redrawing of educational districts left many African Americans under-represented.
36 Wake Jennifer Ferrell Dem Candidate did not respond
36 Wake Woodie Cleary Dem YES - I support the efforts coming from both sides of the aisle in the NC Legislature to bring a halt to political gerrymandering, following the lead of a growing number of states creating nonpartisan redistricting reform. The goal of redistricting should be to redraw districts which simply balance out the population changes after each 10 year census. There is no place for discrimination and partisan politics in creating fair elections where each vote counts.
36 Wake Mark Villee Rep Candidate did not respond
36 Wake Nelson Dollar Rep Undecided - would need to examine legislation
44 Cumberland Jim Arp Rep Candidate did not respond
44 Cumberland Richard Button Rep Candidate did not respond
44 Cumberland Todd Ausborn Rep Candidate did not respond
47 Robeson Charles Graham Dem YES - I believe the legislature should be taken out of the business of drawing legislative districts to enhance their political agenda and forgetting about the purpose for which hey have been elected, to represent all constituents. I know we have civic minded independent thinking individuals who understands one man one vote and I believe these individuals could and would bring and give that power back to the voters.
47 Robeson Randall Jones Dem Candidate did not respond
52 Moore Jamie Boles Rep Candidate did not respond
52 Moore John Zumwalt Rep YES – Part of the reason I am running for office - in fact a huge part - is because of the "Good 'Ol Boy system." It has to stop. As a lifelong Republican, I am fed up with all the little tricks (BOTH Parties) perform to help themselves. I am not just opposed to purposeful re-drawing of political lines for selfish selfish-serving reasons ... I am adamantly against them.
53 Harnett Chuck Levorse Rep Candidate did not respond
53 Harnett David Lewis Rep Candidate did not respond
58 Guilford Amos Quick Dem YES - I support an independent commission to produce legislative and congressional maps.
58 Guilford Ralph Johnson Dem Candidate did not respond
67 Montgomery, Stanly Justin Burr Rep Candidate did not respond
67 Montgomery, Stanly Lane Burris Rep Candidate did not respond
73 Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin Dwight Shook Rep YES - I would support a nonpartisan redrawing of districts, but only if it is done in a common sense, responsible manner.
73 Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin Lee Zachary Rep NO - In theory I would say "yes," but as with the bipartisan selection of judges, one group or the other would take control, so I would say "no." Leave it in the political process. I do wish it could be nonpartisan or bipartisan, But I fear it would not remain fair and impartial. In theory, I would support that type of proposal, but in practice I fear it would not work and we would be accused of being naive. I think I'd rathe be called a "skeptic."
77 Rowan Andrew Poston Rep Candidate did not respond
77 Rowan Harry Warren Rep Candidate did not respond
81 Davidson Larry Potts Rep Candidate did not respond
81 Davidson Sharon Pearce Rep YES
81 Davidson Tyler Forest Rep YES
82 Cabarrus Larry Pittman Rep Candidate did not respond
82 Cabarrus Michael Fischer Rep Candidate did not respond
83 Cabarrus Linda Johnson Rep Candidate did not respond
83 Cabarrus Nathan Stone Rep YES - In response to this issue I would be supportive of a truly nonpartisan entity producing the districts; however, I am skeptical that the proposed groups would truly be nonpartisan. For me to fully back this endeavor I would need assurances that the rights of the citizens would not be further suppressed through a puppet organization under the guise of fairness.
84 Iredell Kirk Sherrill Rep Candidate did not respond
84 Iredell Rena Turner Rep Undecided - I would have to review any proposed legislation on this subject before I could say what my vote would be. I am not a part of the committee who deals with these issues and would need to discuss with them as their knowledge on this subject outweighs my own since I have not dealt with the subject directly.
87 Caldwell Destin Hall Rep Candidate did not respond
87 Caldwell George Robinson Rep Candidate did not respond
91 Rockingham, Stokes Ira Tilley Rep Candidate did not respond
91 Rockingham, Stokes Kyle Hall Rep Candidate did not respond
91 Rockingham, Stokes Robert Knight Rep NO - Elected officials should do it.
92 Mecklenburg Charles Jeter Rep YES
92 Mecklenburg Tom Davis Rep Candidate did not respond
93 Ashe, Watauga Ronnie Marsh Dem Candidate did not respond
93 Ashe, Watauga Sue Counts Dem YES
93 Ashe, Watauga Jonathan Jordan Rep YES - As I have each time this issue has come up, I continue to support an independent redistricting process such that voters choose their elected officials, and not the opposite. I am a data-driven decision-maker, so I will be very interested in the details of any such proposal that may come before the legislature. And I pledge to give those proposals a full review.
93 Ashe, Watauga Lew Hendricks Rep YES - This may not be the most eloquent explanation but, because it just makes sense. For the longest time I just assumed a nonpartisan entity made the districting decisions because that's what makes sense.
95 Iredell David W. Thompson Rep Candidate did not respond
95 Iredell John Fraley Rep Candidate did not respond
100 Mecklenburg Billy Maddalon Dem Candidate did not respond
100 Mecklenburg John Autry Dem Candidate did not respond
101 Mecklenburg Beverly Earle Dem Candidate did not respond
101 Mecklenburg Steven Jones Dem Undecided – Probably, but I would need more info.
103 Mecklenburg Noah Lieberman Dem YES - The message of my campaign is "Bringing your voice back to Raleigh", but the simple truth is that as long as politicians pick their voters and not the other way around, voters will never have a true voice in government. I support independent redistricting, because it is necessary to a fair and free government.
103 Mecklenburg Rochelle Rivas Dem YES - I can confirm that I stand solidly behind legislation that would end the practice of lawmakers drawing their own districts. I believe that North Carolinians are best represented when an independent committee redraws these districts in an equitable manner.
105 Mecklenburg Scott Stone Rep Candidate did not respond
105 Mecklenburg Tim Morgan Rep YES - I have spoken with former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot regarding this subject and I would support efforts to allow an independent, nonpartisan entity to produce legislative and congressional maps.
107 Mecklenburg Kelly Alexander Dem YES
107 Mecklenburg Robert Blok Dem NO - Elected officials should do it
113 Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania Cody Henson Rep YES - I don't believe district lines should be drawn around a land area that votes primarily one way or another. That should not be a factor when drawing district lines. Political elections should be competitive in order to give the people the chance to put up their candidate. In districts that lean heavily to either the left or to the right, many people feel their vote doesn't matter and often deters them from the polls.
113 Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania Coty Ferguson Rep Candidate did not respond
115 Buncombe Bob Chilmonik Rep Candidate did not respond
115 Buncombe Frank Moretz Rep Candidate did not respond
118 Haywood, Madison, Yancey Reese Steen Dem Candidate did not respond
118 Haywood, Madison, Yancey Rhonda Schandevel Dem YES - I would support legislation that ends the practice of lawmakers drawing their own districts and allow for an independent, nonpartisan entity to produce legislative and congressional maps; because legislators should be selected by their constituents, not the other way around.
119 Haywood, Jackson, Swain Aaron Littlefield Rep Candidate did not respond
119 Haywood, Jackson, Swain Mike Clampitt Rep Candidate did not respond
120 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon Elliott Southworth Rep NO
120 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon Kevin Corbin Rep Candidate did not respond

 


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