The District

You know that our congressional district is North Carolina's 10th, but do you know what it looks like? This:


We're a mighty small part of it, in fact with our 15,000 or so registered voters we're pretty much a small part of everything. We (and Buncombe) are also the new kids on the block: we've only been part of the 10th district since 2013, when the Republicans pulled off their brazen and still-in-the-courts gerrymandering. But we're here.

The only purpose for this particular assembly of counties is to elect our representative to the House of Representatives in Washington. That's it. Our representatives to the NC House and Senate are from different and overlapping districts, the US Senators and the state officers are all statewide, and there is a bewildering array of judicial and other districts we have to deal with as well. But our Congressman is a big deal, and the constitutional requirements for redistricting make their districts political footballs every 10 years in a way that no other office is.

The 10th district has been forbiddingly Republican: it has sent Republicans to Washington every two years since (gulp) 1969, and that involved only three people. The first two were there nearly 20 years each, and the current one (Patrick McHenry) has been there 12 and was just elected again.

Our district does operate a website, and it is here. Also take a minute to brush up on our sister counties in the 10th:

Rutherford Country, just to the east of us, with the party there based in Forest City. 

Cleveland County, the next county east after that, the home of Shelby.

Gaston County, still further east and the eastern border of the 10th.

Lincoln County, to the north of Gaston

Catawba County, to the north of Lincoln and is the northern border of the district. The Catrawba Democrats have an active website, here.

The eastern portions of Buncombe County, gerrymandered along with us into the blood-red 10th to make life easier for the Republicans in the 11th. It did: the 11th went from tossup to safe R, and the 10th never blinked. The Buncombe Democrats have an active website, here.


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  • Pat Salomon
    published this page 2017-06-28 14:38:17 -0400