December 16, 2018

The Current Bristol County Commission Has an Unfair Balance in Representation Among Its Members

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The Commission is made up of 3 members that serve the entire county. They are not confined to a certain district. Instead, each member represents the complete population no matter where they reside. However, since 2014, all 3 members reside in the southern part of the county. This is led to a lack of equal representation among the county's population.

Since Maria Lopes of Taunton retired from the Commission, we have had lack of community engagement as well as a lack of communication. Since 2013, the majority of revenue the county generates is from the 10 cities and towns from the northern part of the county. This fact alone justifies a need for a representative from the North.

Issues with lack of funding for area buildings and properties have been present. The lack of having someone from the area, in the very least, showcases an unfairness when someone from New Bedford represents a constituent calling from Easton , North Attleboro, Mansfield or Seekonk.

If elected, I suggest redistricting Bristol County to create a northern, central and southern territories with a single member from each of these districts to represent the Commission. This will help avoid any unfair votes and / or appointments that favor only the southern communities and not the entire county.

For your consideration.

Frank Durant
Candidate for Bristol County Commissioner

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