Editor's note: Dennis M. Robinson Jr., president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, submitted the following opinion editorial as a letter to the editor.
The Baltimore County charter requires the Baltimore County Council to establish a commission to make recommendations for redrawing the lines for councilmanic districts every 10 years based on the most recent U.S. Census data. The Baltimore County charter also mandates that the final redistricting plan “shall provide for councilmanic districts that are compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in population, and in which due regard is given to current natural, geographic, and community boundaries.”
Although most of Perry Hall is currently located in the 5th councilmanic district, there are two precincts south of Silver Spring Road that are currently in the 6th councilmanic district. On April 28, 2011, I testified before the Baltimore County Councilmanic Redistricting Commission on behalf of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.
The Perry Hall Improvement Association’s position is simple, but significant: Perry Hall should be unified in a single councilmanic district. This is a non-partisan and non-political position that is about keeping communities together and enhancing the effectiveness of the community’s representation.
When the Baltimore County redistricting process is winding down later this year,
the redistricting of state legislative districts is likely to be the subject of a special session in Annapolis. Most of Perry Hall is currently in the 8th legislative district, while part of Perry Hall (generally, the Honeygo area) is in the 7th legislative district.
Perry Hall residents should be aware that there are indications that some proposals could result in dividing Perry Hall. One possibility that has been mentioned is having Belair Road be the dividing line between legislative districts.
Such a result would be detrimental to Perry Hall. The PHIA’s position with respect to the state legislative districts is consistent with its position regarding the Baltimore County councilmanic redistricting process: Perry Hall must be unified in a single legislative district.
If the prospect of the redistricting process splintering Perry Hall along a major corridor like Belair Road concerns you, please pay attention to the process and make sure your voice is heard.
The PHIA will, of course, be involved, but please e-mail me at email@example.com if you would like to be involved in the state redistricting process. I look forward to working with my neighbors to ensure that Perry Hall receives the effective representation.
Dennis M. Robinson Jr.
President, Perry Hall Improvement Association