County Executive Ulman's reasons for not signing the County Council's redistricting plan are misleading and misguided. As a Redistricting Commission member, I know he is hiding behind a falsehood if he is claiming the commission's plan was bipartisan. It was a party-line vote. The Republican minority supported plans that did not redistrict Wheatfield or Dorsey's Search (one was submitted by a former Democratic party official that was similar to my proposal).
Ulman is misguided if he thinks the commission's plan was vetted through three public hearings. The commission held hearings but none on the final map. However, the council had two hearings on the commission's map. Ulman also ignored the public testimony — the vast majority opposed the redistricting Ulman supported.