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Sacramento's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Join the City Redistricting Process

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(Midtwon Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rosanna Herber is the chair of the newly formed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender redistricting committee.  She says Sacramento's L-G-B-T community is mostly concentrated in downtown and midtown, an area currently split into three districts.

"We want to unite the L-G-B-T voice and have one district represent the downtown and the midtown area," Herber said.   

Herber says a split vote is weak. Like many other groups she wants the city's redistricting committee to recognize it as a "community of interest" when it draws new districts this fall.    
Scot Mende is with the city.
"To the extent you can draw a community of interest in one district, it gives that community of interest greater influence over selection over candidates," Mende said.
Herber says the first step to getting an L-G-B-T city councilmember is consolidating the community's vote into one district.  
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