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The pie-shaped map is clearly the most complex on the table and requires the city to move around 24 boroughs with tens of thousands of voters.
Committee member Marlene Sanford protested, however, saying it would create “the perfect storm of voter confusion”.
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“I have spent many hours talking about this over the past week and I believe we need to bring this issue to the attention of the Council,” she said.
Sanford, who represents the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition, instead offered a new map that only moved four counties. On this map, too, four of the city’s five districts would contain at least part of the city center in order to allow a broad representation.
Sanford told the committee that with the simpler map, the city avoids confusing voters who would have to research unknown candidates from a new district.
But other members of the committee stood firm on the pie-shaped card, saying it offers the bold change councilors seek, maintains racial and economic integrity, and enables better representation of the inner city.
Committee member R. Steve Bowden, an attorney and agent for the George C. Simkins Memorial PAC, challenged Sanford.
“You cannot maintain the status quo in the future for the good of all,” he said. “That’s just not acceptable to me. This process is an electoral cycle, and the candidates who are likely to be challenged the most are the candidates. And if you want to run, then you take responsibility. “