Now that the Presidential Election has passed in Maryland, everybody can refocus their eyes on the larger prize.
727 days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes from now, polls will close in Maryland for the 2018 gubernatorial election. It is not at all hyperbole to say that Governor Larry Hogan’s is the biggest election of our lifetime here in our state?
Why is the election so important? Redistricting. Governor Hogan’s work on redistricting is still ongoing. Despite heavy opposition from the Democratic establishment, Governor Hogan remains committed to passing meaningful redistricting reform in our state. Such reform will ensure that gerrymandered districts, such as those offered by Parris Glendening in 2002 and Martin O’Malley in 2012, can never happen again. Through this meaningful reform redistricting would become less of a political process and our districts would be more fair and equitable across the state.
Even if the Democrats continue to stall reform plans, Governor Hogan’s re-election in 2018 will ensure that he controls the redistricting process.
So what does Governor Hogan’s re-election mean to you? It means reform. It means fairly drawn legislative districts. It means that single-member districts in the House of Delegates instead of the unfair, arbitrary decisions made determining which districts will be single-member, two-member, or three-member districts.
It means that the Democratic monopoly, ensconced in power through redistricting, will be broken forever.