You Thought Redistricting Was About the Candidates?

Redistricting is supposed to be about the voters — not the candidates.

That’s hard to remember when the mapmakers are at work. They’re all former candidates and current officeholders, and many of them want to be candidates again, either for the offices they now hold or the offices they dream about.

In the Texas House, 30 members decided not to seek re-election after drawing new political maps last year. Slightly more than half of those — 17 — left the House to run for other offices. Only one of the four senators who left was trying to move up, but ...

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