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WIL Listen Episode 5: Why are some legislative districts so oddly shaped?
June 14 - July 12
Release Date: June 14, 2021
This month SC WIL COO, Sara Ballard, talks with South Carolina Senator Mia McLeod and South Carolina Representative Jenny Horne about redistricting at the legislative level and how changes in legislative districts impact citizens and how they are represented.
New legislative district lines will be drawn based on the final 2020 census numbers expected to be released in mid-August of this year. Those lines can be drawn to intentionally increase or decrease voters’ power based solely on their political party or other factors like race and income. We hope that Senator McLeod and Representative Horne’s perspectives as legislators as well as incumbent candidates whose districts were redrawn following the 2010 Census will encourage you to contact your legislators to advocate for fairness and transparency in the decision-making process.
This interview was recorded on May 14, 2021, prior to Senator McLeod’s public announcement of her candidacy for Governor of South Carolina.
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Jenny Anderson Horne is a former Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 94 from 2008 to 2016. In a passionate speech on the House floor after the 2015 murder of nine black members of a Bible study at a Charleston church, Horne advocated for removal of the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina State House grounds, where it had flown since 1962. The speech is credited with helping to change the course of the debate and lead to the vote to remove the flag. Jenny is from Summerville, South Carolina.
Mia S. McLeod is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, serving District 22 since 2017. On her election, she was the first woman and first African-American to win her Senate seat. She previously served as Representative of District 79 in the South Carolina State House from 2011 to 2016. Mia is from Bennettsville and now resides in Northeast Columbia.