Bob Henry Baber, who's the Mountain Party's candidate in the special election for West Virginia governor, is giving his perspective on the fight that's unfolded over the Hosue redistricting plan.
Republican Bill Maloney recently said he would veto any plan that does not call for 100 single-member districts in the House of Delegates. Earl Ray Tomblin (D), who is acting as governor, said he would support a plan that includes more single-member districts. But, he did not go as far as Maloney to say every district should elect one delegate. So, Maloney went after Tomblin, saying he "refuses to lead."
Baber issued the following news release with his stance on the House redistricting issue:
"Bob Henry Baber, Mountain Party candidate for Governor, called today for the implementation of single districts throughout West Virginia. “The multi-district ‘gerry-mandering’ of state delegate and senatorial districts is an archaic structure from a corrupt past that is undemocratic in principle and that undermines the “one-person-one vote” right of all West Virginians. Up until this very day we’ve had Republicans and Democrats alike, while apparently arguing for ‘the good of the people’, carving up the legislative pie according to what best suits a two-party system that is clearly broken. This leaves substantial numbers of West Virginians without real representation. That’s not democracy, its political indecency. Furthermore, this self-serving behavior by both parties is a disservice to the common voter. Both the Democrats and Republicans, according to whomever is in power at the moment, have feathered their own nests by drawing districts that ensure their candidates will have unfair advantage over any competitors—especially third party and independent candidates. ‘It’s their party, and they’ll cry if they want to,’ but nobody else will be allowed to cry foul if they perpetuate the current system,” Baber stated. He added, “As mayor of Richwood I saw that we were placed in a distant district in which we had little influence over the outcome of the election, and little opportunity to have our needs fairly represented at the capitol. Our experience, unfortunately, is all too prevalent today throughout our state, and must change. The people have stated their wishes for single districts, but will the Democrats, Republicans, and the acting Governor have the courage to do the right thing? That remains to be seen.”