Representative Sarah Anderson, like many politicians on the trail, plays up her bi-partisan credentials when it is convenient for her to win in a district composed of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. She does this because she knows regular voters, regardless of political ideology, prioritize fairness, efficiency and results. Most people in 44A aren’t too far to the right or too far to the left. Instead they are middle-of-the-road voters who want to ensure government works and represents the voters, not the politicians.
Now, most voters in House District 44A would agree political polarization is one of the big reasons we see gridlock with extreme districts gerrymandered to protect politicians in power rather than serve the interests of the people. Most voters, if given the chance, would work to fix this problem.
Politicians like Sarah Anderson are part of that problem.
Even as Rep. Anderson touts bipartisanship, she has authored HF314, a bill that would prohibit the Legislature from ever delegating the responsibility of creating boundaries for both Congressional and Legislative districts to a non-partisan body.
Having a non-partisan commission draw legislative districts ensures that there are more competitive elections and less gridlock. In short, it is the type of common sense, good government solution that voters across Plymouth and Minnesota care about.
Nevertheless in a country where voters should pick their politicians, Sarah Anderson’s vision is to allow herself and other politicians to pick their voters. If passed, her bill paves the way for Minnesota to have even more gridlock, budget crises and extreme politics.
Rep. Anderson’s bill matters because a polarized Legislature means we spend less time improving our schools to educate the next generation of Minnesotans. We spend less time creating the jobs of the future. We spend less time fixing the roads and bridges across our state.
Instead, we would spend more time catering to extreme politics: discriminating against fellow Minnesotans for who they love, de-funding our education system, and tax cuts primarily for the wealthy.
To my fellow voters in 44A, we can send a message to Sarah Anderson come November 2018. She wants to pick the voters she and other politicians have. Instead show her that it is our right, as voters, to pick who our politicians are and that Plymouth stands united against gridlock and extreme politics.