David Peters, an assistant professor of sociology and extension rural sociologist at Iowa State University, agrees with Sonnenberg that to maintain rural representation
, it may be necessary to change the way legislatures are composed.
Jackie has served on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials for many years and consistently brings rural representation
and pragmatic, yet visionary, views to the association She has served in various visionary and system building committees including the committee that wrote the Colorado Public Health Act of 2008, the Public Health Improvement Steering Committee, the Local Public Health Funding Formula Workgroup and others In this work, she has been a tireless advocate for rural public health agencies, while challenging her colleagues to improve public health.
With a seemingly minor slice of the redistricting knife, an important Senate committee has cut the heart of rural representation
in the State House and, if this plan holds, will decidedly quiet the voice of rural values and culture in this increasingly metropolitan state.
Critics called the work a blatant manipulation of the boundaries for political gain, saying they would dilute rural representation
in the East Lane district and pull Democratic voters out of Commissioner Rob Handy's north Eugene district to hurt him in this year's election.
For instance, Local Enterprise Partnerships, which will play an important role in the new enterprise zones, must not want for rural representation
, and food production as an industry sector must not be overlooked as new zones are rolled out."
Finance critic Bruce Ralston outlined the primary reasons why the Opposition would not support the proposed amendments--citing the Government's interference with an independent body, the added expense of eight additional MLAs, and the dilution of rural representation
by increasing the number of representatives in urban areas.
With the decline of rural representation
in Congress, we needed to create new allies in the House and Senate.
Had rural representation
remained disproportionately large in many southern state legislatures, the Voting Rights Act may have increased African American representation even more.
Additionally, the new advisory council will seek to have enhanced rural representation
on the IAC.
Parker condemns the Carr initiative for "downsizing rural representation
and creating huge, unwieldy districts in which grass-roots campaigning would be much more difficult."
But its recommendations contain no explicit guarantees of rural representation
, as there are for minimum representation for women, ethnic minorities and religious faiths.