As we were wrapping up celebrations in Zacatecas on Monday, you can imagine my surprise when I started receiving messages about a redistricting decision made by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
Texas voters were dealt a sizable blow when SCOTUS handed down a decision ending a several-year legal challenge of district maps in Texas for the Texas House and Congress on the grounds of racial gerrymandering.
The decision handed down upheld 10 of 11 district challenged on the grounds of racial gerrymandering against black and Hispanic voters.
The high court did agree that one district met the standards for racial gerrymandering – House District 90 – our district.
In the 2011 legislative session during once-a-decade redistricting, the Como neighborhood was moved out of HD 90 in order to strengthen a Latino-opportunity district in Fort Worth. After a court ruling following that session, redistricting was taken up again in 2013. During the 2013 session, the former representative of HD 90 added Como back into the district, hoping to shore up support for an election challenge coming in 2014.
As you all know, I won the election for House District 90 in 2014, despite attempts by the former representative to craft the district in his favor. Now, as the current Representative, I do not want to see HD 90 change, nor did I want to see it challenged in this court case. Como is an integral part of not only HD 90, but Fort Worth at-large - its history, its leaders, and its people enrich my experience as an elected official.