The longest-serving congressional woman, a Democrat from a manufacturing district in the Midwest, could lose her seat as a result of a GOP-led redistribution of constituencies if the party’s current proposals are not challenged.
Rep. Marcy Captur, a Toledo, Ohio-based Democrat who turns 39 in January, will face major obstacles on her way to her next re-election. Duel cards from both GOP-dominated state legislatures create an almost disadvantageous neighborhood for Kaptura 75.
“This is a very unusual pattern of constituencies,” Captur said of the maps in general that could leave Democrats only two or three constituencies in the state of the battlefield, which will soon win 15 House seats. “They don’t stick together. It looks like they want to weaken the power of megacities. “
It is not a fact that Republicans, who argue that Ohio’s party composition is no longer the competitive split that Democrats represent, will even pass the proposed cards unchanged.
“It’s pretty clear that none of these cards will fly,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeVine, a Republican, said this week.
For some Republicans, maps are just a starting point. But Democrats see them as another extreme joke that they can challenge in court.
Captur is not the only looming Democratic victim in Ohio. Republicans are seeking to abolish the seat held by MP Tim Ryan, who is running for the Senate in 2022. Maps of both houses show a condominium in downtown Columbus owned by Rep. Joyce Beatty, President of the Black Congress, in the GOP districts – one in Central Ohio by Congressman Jim Jordan and another in newly elected MP Mike Carey.
In nearly a dozen states, Democrats have supported the creation of independent constituency redistribution commissions aimed at establishing fairer congressional and state legislative boundaries, following rampant GOP manipulation a decade ago. But Republicans still have the upper hand in key state legislatures across the country.
This includes Ohio, where voters implemented reforms in 2015 and 2018 that theoretically offered Democrats more power in exchange for not having to re-draw the maps until the next 10-year census. Time on that potential path for bipartisanship ran out, however, when the state-run Constituency Redistribution Commission overdue its deadline last month, shifting the work to legislators.
The current area of Kaptura is often cited as an example of extreme guerrilla fraud. Designed to capture democratic communities along the shores of Lake Erie, the area stretches in a thin line from Toledo to Cleveland, dividing the counties into more than 100 miles. Sometimes he is derisively called “The Snake on the Lake”.
The cards placed in the Ohio House and Senate will give Captur some of the dark red districts that helped secure Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 victories in Ohio, the state that was previously considered the leader of the presidential election before Trump won there. Ohio’s 9th arrondissement will continue to be anchored in the blue hometown of Kaptura, famous for its glass and automotive industries, although the proposed proposals will change its county boundaries to give the GOP a 6% to 20% advantage.
When asked if she would prefer her existing constituency or the new toss proposed by GOP lawmakers, Kaptur chuckled.
“Well, I don’t like any of them,” she said. “Areas do not represent communities of interest.”
The longtime Democrat is no stranger to contesting elections. After the latest round of county reallocations, Kaptur found himself sucked into the county with another incumbent Democrat, Cleveland Rep. Dennis Kucinich. She beat him by 16 percentage points in the 2012 primary and went on to boisterously beat Republican Samuel “Plumber Joe” Wurzelbacher in the general election.
In 2018, Captur became the longest-running woman in House history, breaking the record of Rep. Edith North Rogers, Massachusetts, who died in 1960. She is on her way to surpass former Senator Barbara Mikulski (Democracy). .), who served in both wards as the longest woman in Congress history with a 40-year tenure.
Kaptur is perhaps best known for sponsoring the law that created the World War II National Memorial and refused to join the 1996 Reform Party roster with Ross Perot as its vice president. She is also a staunch opponent of trade deals, voting against the North American Free Trade Agreement and its replacement by the Trump era – the Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Kaptur said that even with re-election on the horizon, she has no plans to retire yet.
“We will compete where there are queues and represent Ohio residents and their interests,” she said.