Ward 7 Denied Equity in DC’s Redistricting Process
Community Leaders Organize Coalition urging DC Council to add 5,000+ residents to Ward 7’s population ensuring equity in DC’s 2021 Redistricting process
Washington, DC, December 1, 2021
On November 18, 2021 the DC Council’s Redistricting Subcommittee released its 2021 proposed map redrawing the City’s Ward boundaries. In response, Ward 7 elected-officials, community leaders, and stakeholders created the Ward 7 Redistricting Equity Coalition (W7REC) to initiate legal review, execute a public awareness campaign and to urge the DC Council to consider population, political and economic equity as a top priority when voting December 7, 2021.
DC creates new Wards of roughly equal size based on the decennial Census in order to create fair and equitable representation. Yet, the process yielded the same result for Ward 7 – the least populated Ward in the District, with the weakest voting power. As compared to the highest population of 88,000 in Ward 2, Ward 7 would host 81,555 residents, only 114 residents above the legal minimum threshold. “While I respect the effort of the Subcommittee, the resulting final redistricting map is unacceptable to the Ward 7 community. Currently, the Subcommittee's proposal leaves Ward 7 unnecessarily and ill-advisedly undersized with the smallest population…,” says Councilmember Vincent C. Gray in his November 30, 2021 press release to Push for More Equitable Redistricting of Ward 7.
The new boundaries significantly limit the ability to obtain adequate constituent services, amenities, economic development, strong political representation, and voting power within the Ward. Further, Ward 7 will host 21,000 people below the voting age, further disenfranchising the Ward politically. “Expansion West of the River is necessary and has been set on a path since the 2000 Census. The time is here and now to see that growth,” Commissioner Tamara Blair, SMD 7D01. W7REC supports the sentiment and urges the Council to fulfill its commitment to equity full-stop.
For more information on DC’s 2021 Redistricting process, maps, and voting timeline, visit www.elissasilverman.com/redistricting
About the Ward 7 Redistricting Equity Coalition
The Ward 7 Equity Coalition is a collective of Elected-Officials, Community Leaders and Stakeholders executing a strategy to ensure equity for Ward 7 is achieved in the 2021 redistricting process.