The office of 42nd Assembly District Jon Plumer, R-Lodi, stated in one of several personal phone calls over the last few weeks that Plumer is undecided whether he supports nonpartisan redistricting.

The Wisconsin State Journal endorsed him on June 3, 2018, in the special election, in part, because of his "open mind and strong priorities-including … supporting nonpartisan redistricting."

Plumer’s office stated the newspaper was mistaken; he hasn’t taken a position. Plumer is listed as one of only two incumbent Republican legislators who in 2018 reported to Common Cause of Wisconsin support for nonpartisan redistricting reform, specifically, the Iowa model.

Plumer’s office said he would take a position when a bill was brought to the floor. Redistricting reform bills have been introduced by Democratic legislators in recent years. Republican leadership has not allowed a vote. Will Republicans allow a vote while fighting against fair maps in the courts? Polls show 72% of Wisconsin residents favor nonpartisan redistricting. It appears candidate Plumer favored redistricting reform but now Rep. Plumer does not.

Rep. Plumer, please clarify the record. Do you support nonpartisan redistricting reform? If not, voters deserve an explanation as to how the Wisconsin State Journal and Common Cause of Wisconsin were both wrong in stating your support?

Elizabeth Koehl, Dane


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