CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — As the scramble to form new legislative district maps continues, candidates for elected office across Pennsylvania are starting their campaigns using 2001’s boundaries.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a redistricting plan that was made to accommodate shifting populations identified through the U.S. Census.
Senior U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick said the election cycle is too far along to allow a revised plan to be developed and approved. He said “there is no reasonable alternative” when deciding the 2001 maps should be used.
Franklin County saw significant changes to its lawmakers’ district lines in the now-rejected 2011 maps. It would have gained a state senator and two state representatives, and lost one state representative in the north.
Several incumbent lawmakers are seeking re-election to return to the state capital in Harrisburg, Pa.
Candidates who already filed nominating paperwork prior to the April 24 primary include state Sen. Richard Alloway for the 33rd Senate District, state Rep. Mark Keller for the 86th House District, state Rep. Rob Kauffman for the 89th House District, state Rep. Todd Rock for the 90th House District and state Rep. Dan Moul for the 91st House District.