Franklin County is gerrymandered into four state house districts, 78, 82, 89, and 90 and two state senate districts, 30 and 33. The results of this unnecessary splitting of Franklin County are one state representative who lives in the town of Bedford, Bedford County, another who lives in Mifflintown, Juniata County, and a State Senator from Blair County in addition to Richard Alloway who is from Chambersburg.
The strange shapes of the districts dilutes Franklin County’s political power and makes it difficult for residents to know who represents them.
Jesse Topper who represents Mercersburg and Montgomery, Peters, and Warren Townships refused to help end this practice, and Judy Ward who is running to represent the western part of Franklin County in the State Senate was actively hostile to the reform bill by voting to gut it in the State Government Committee.
Deb Baughman is running for State Representative in the 78 Legislative District, and Emily Best is running to represent Franklin County as part of the 30th Senatorial district. Both stand for fair districts and don’t believe politicians should pick their voters. Both have pledged to support gerrymandering reform as well as term limits for state legislators.
The Pennsylvania Constitution states “Unless absolutely necessary no county, city, incorporated town, borough, township or ward shall be divided in forming either a senatorial or representative district”
You can elect representatives to state government who will stand for your right to local representation.