ALLENTOWN, PA — Mark Pinsley, Democratic Nominee for PA Senate District 16, released the following statement after the PA Senate Republicans voted along party lines to gut SB22, a bill designed to combat partisan gerrymandering:
“Republicans, including my opponent Pat Browne, have engaged in bad faith with activist groups dedicated to good government. The GOP has undermined a bipartisan effort to end partisan gerrymandering. Instead of reform, they used the opportunity to enact revenge on the Supreme Court and gerrymander the election of judges. When elected I will fight to ensure that voters pick their politicians and not the other way around.”
The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats voted unanimously against an amendment by Senator Aument to create judicial districts, as part of the redistricting reform bill, Senate Bill 22. It would create partisan commission-drawn districts for judges – instead of statewide elections, as they are now.
Bipartisan government reform groups such as Fair Districts PA, Committee of 70 and the League of Women Voters have come out against the amendment.
In a statement, Fair Districts PA savaged the Aument Amendment saying: “By hijacking the efforts of so many committed volunteers, they signaled their belief that they are impervious to the anger and frustration felt by so many voters across our Commonwealth. In minutes, they took the most read, discussed and debated bill in decades and burdened it with a controversial, divisive amendment - one that had received zero public hearings.” Fair Districts continued to criticize the GOP’s move saying, “Then they rammed it through with clear partisan intent.”
Ultimately, the amendment passed by a partisan vote of 31 to 18 with only two Republicans joining the Democrats opposed to the amendment.
A successful entrepreneur, Pinsley started his first business at age 22. He also served in the Army Reserves for 6 years where he worked on helicopters as an aircraft structural repairer. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and an MBA graduate of the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana. Mark lives in South Whitehall Township with his wife Nina and their two children. He is the first Democrat elected to the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners in over 25 years.
For more information about this release, or about Mark Pinsley, visit votemarkpinsley.com or contact the campaign at 484.602.5998.