Letter to the Editor: Gerrymandering didn't work
Despite the outrageous "gerrymandering" of Congressional District 2 in Utah and the infusion of $250,000 into the campaign of his opponent during the last two weeks of the campaign, Congressman Jim Matheson managed to retain his seat in Congress, however slim his margin of victory.
The Republican contaminated Utah legislature, in their deceitful maneuver to unseat Congressman Matheson, made one tactical error in their redistricting move. They included Carbon County in the new district. Just how did this affect the final vote?
Congressman Matheson's margin of victory overall was 2,015 votes. In Carbon County he outdistanced his opponent by a margin of 2,304 votes. A very significant figure in the final outcome. Indeed Carbon County played a very important role in Matheson's reelection.
Another "gerrymandering" tactic whereby State Representative Brad King's reelection was imperiled, backfired. Rep. King was reelected by a huge majority. Rep. King, however, will no longer be representing the North Carbon area, Helper, Spring Glen, Kenilworth, Scofield, Carbonville or even Westwood of the Price area. In their zeal to divide our county, the legislature put these areas in a district with North Sanpete county, southern Utah County and all of Juab county. Another ridiculous move we have to live with for 10 years.
An interesting note in the voting tabulations, Steve Thomas, the Libertarian candidate facing the Republican incumbent Darin Peterson in the new legislative district, received 338 votes in Carbon County. This can only be interpreted as a protest against the division of Carbon for state house legislative seats.