Newtown residents fight to be represented
SARASOTA - President of the Newtown Nation Valerie Buchand rallies members of her community together to stand up and fight against the two new maps that intend to move the Newtown community to a new district.
"One will completely oust us out and the other one will split us up,” said Buchand.
The maps shows new boundary lines commissioners are considering. Many residents are accusing them of gerrymandering and racism as one of the maps will move Newtown from District 1 to District 2.
"It’s going to affect us a lot because with people being registered to vote they will have a voice and yet they are trying to take away that voice that we want,” said Buchand.
Buchand says she is worried moving Newtown to a new district will mean they will lose representation for the upcoming elections. District 1 votes in 2020, while District 2 votes in 2022.
"The fact that we won the battle about single member district we would now be able to elect someone that would represent us and they want to take all of that away,” she said.
Buchand says she thinks it’s unfair commissioners moved ahead with plans to re-district using maps submitted by a former Sarasota GOP chair who was convicted of elections law violations. She hopes she can gather residents to not sit back and let their voices go unheard.+
"We want representation at that table and we want them to stop this foolish out right racist thing that they are doing by re-districting right now,” said Buchand.
Buchand is planning for another community meeting for Tuesday November 5th at 7:00 p.m. the True Worship Church in Newtown.