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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Will redistricting help Black, Latino candidates win Inland elections?

Roughly half of Riverside County residents and 54% of San Bernardino County residents are Latino. But they make up just a third of the entire delegation both counties send to Sacramento and Washington.

Meanwhile, the Inland Empire has just one Black state lawmaker and no Black members of Congress.

It’s a picture that could diversify by year’s end.

Newly redrawn maps could give candidates of color a better chance of winning Inland state legislative and congressional seats.

“The (state redistricting) commission really paid attention to making sure that specific communities were kept together in the same districts,” said Corey Jackson, a Riverside County Board of Education trustee and Riverside NAACP political action chair.

“The commission did, I believe, the best job possible in keeping (communities of color) together so they are able to have a collective voice.”

Fourteen lawmakers represent Riverside County in the Legislature and House of Representatives. Of those eight are White, five are Latino, none are Black and one is Asian American. The county is about 50% Latino, 33% White, 7% Asian and 6% Black, according to the 2020 Census.

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