State House Reps Daley and Hunschofsky Discuss New Redistricting Maps Ahead of 2022 Midterms

 

By Bryan Boggiano

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, The Florida House of Representatives approved new state congressional districts.

Currently, Rep. Dan Daley and Rep. Christine Hunschofsky represent districts 97 and 96, however, starting in November, these will change. Daley will represent the 96th District, and Hunschofsky will represent the 95th District. 

Daley’s new district includes western Coral Springs and much of Tamarac. While Daley lost the Heron Bay community, he gained parts of Plantation and the Florida Everglades. 

Hunschofsky’s new district will include Heron Bay, eastern Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, and Margate. 

Every ten years, state legislatures redraw districts based on the U.S. Census Bureau data. 

Reps. Hunschofsky and Daley both agreed that redistricting is essential. 

The redistricting process is arguably one of the most important jobs a Legislature has,” Daley said. “It’s the very foundation of our democratic process.”

Rep. Daley said that the state created multiple committees to examine the data, take public input, and draw new lines. 

As a ranking member of the State Legislative Redistricting Committee, Daley oversaw much of the redistricting process but had concerns over the final maps. 

He said that the process was less transparent than the redistricting in 2012, and there was no statewide or remote tour to get feedback from residents on any new maps. 

Daley said that House staff drew maps with little to no input from committee members. The committee voted largely on party lines on the new maps.

Eventually, the House subsequently voted along party lines — with all Republicans and only one Democrat supporting the maps. 

He said that he is confident that, if challenged, a court would find the new maps unconstitutional. Daley believes that the maps do not meet all requirements under the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Districts Amendment. 

Daley also expressed concerns that the new maps could adversely affect minority representation in northern and central Florida. 

Both Daley and Hunschofsky plan to run for reelection. Currently, Hunschofsky and Daley are not aware of any challengers. Daley does not face any primary opposition; however, Republicans Daniel Foganhoil and Jenna Hague are running for his seat.

Daley expressed satisfaction with redistricting receiving press coverage, while Hunschofsky appealed to her constituents.

It is an honor to serve the residents of District 96 and the State of Florida, and I hope that the work I do earns the vote of the residents of newly drawn District 95,” Hunschofsky said.

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State House Reps Daley and Hunschofsky Discuss New Redistricting Maps Ahead of 2022 Midterms

Bryan Boggiano
A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.

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