HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY—The Legislative Reapportionment Commission's redistricting proposals have been rejected. Pennsylvania's Supreme Court heard appeals the week of January 23rd and ruled that the current districting lines, dating back to 2001, remain in effect. A formal opinion from the court is expected at the end of next week. At the center of the redistricting debate sits the City of Harrisburg and Susquehanna Township. If the redistricting plans were approved, the two areas would be moved from the 15th district becoming part of the 48th district.
"Trying to draw the districts for partisan gains, incumbent protection, allowing elected officials to choose who their voters are going to be instead of the voters choosing who will represent them," said Rob Teplitz, Candidate for State Senate 15th District.
John McNally, who is also running for the 15th district seat said he was surprised by the court's decision. However, the focus should be on the people.
"This race is not about representing a map," said John McNally, Candidate for State Senate 15th District. "It's about representing people. And we're going to be representing a good, solid core of Pennsylvanians regardless of geography."
While both men agree the district lines will likely remain the same for this election year, McNally says they could be redrawn in 2012.