Assemblymember Medina Releases Statement on Lack of Latino Representation on 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission

Thursday, July 9, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on the lack of Latinos selected thus far to be members of the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission:

“Latinos make up 40 percent of California’s population, yet currently have no representation on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. This is incredibly problematic and potentially detrimental to our state. The Citizens Redistricting Commission is tasked with redrawing the boundaries of Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and State Board of Equalization districts. Having a Commission that reflects the state’s demographics is critical to ensuring that the districts correctly reflect the state's population.

“Luckily, we still have time to address this concern and ensure that Latinos have adequate representation on the Commission. The eight members that have been randomly selected thus far will be responsible for choosing the final six members. In order to build a Commission that reflects the state’s demographics, at least five of those members need to be Latino. I urge the eight sitting members of the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission to consider this need for representation as it decides upon its final six members. Participation in the Census and representation on this commission are both critical to Latino communities and for the future of California.”

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