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What we think: The joke of redistricting is on us

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Reapportionment has left us out of District 2 and into the southern tip of District 4, where isolationism might soon be understood as more than an aspect of the geopolitical culture.

There remain many laps in the race for congress in House District 4, but no matter who wins at the polls on May 22, we get the distinct impression that Shelby Countians are going to lose.
There are nine candidates – seven Republicans and two Democrats – vying for the seat held for four terms by Republican Geoff Davis, but even newer than those candidates is the presence of Shelby County in a congressional district that has its seat of power in the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati.
That’s where reapportionment has left us: out of District 2 and into the southern tip of District 4, where isolationism might soon be understood as more than an aspect of the geopolitical culture.
Did we know how good we had it in District 2 with U.S. Rep Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) representing us?
No matter your political affiliation, you knew you could converse with Mr. Guthrie, that he would be around occasionally to see what you had to say, that he would be accessible while in Washington.
You likely knew his field representative in this area, Steve Miller, a Shelby County native and business and political fixture who had plans to open a full-bore office here.
You had a good feeling that with Mr. Miller in fold, Mr. Guthrie would be aware of what was important to all of us.
Now, even before our guard in Washington has been changed, Shelby Countians already appear marginalized. Shelby County is at the butt end of the district – and the priorities.
Most of the nine candidates for office have made only token visits to the county during campaign season. Some have invested in yard signs, car magnets and media, and some have attended rallies.
And all of those are Repub-licans.
The Democrats have shown no interest at all in the 42,000 of us. Indeed Democratic Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver was startlingly candid when he said he knew only that William Adkins of Williams-town was a candidate for his party and not Greg Frank of Corinth. We don’t either. Who is this Mr. Frank, and why does he not even have a phone number available to the public?
You would think that with a county that has an edge in registered Democratic voters that Mr. Adkins and Mr. Frank would be trying to generate every soul at the poll they could.
In what we widely expect will be a record low turnout at the polls, you would think motivating one more person to vote could be an advantage.
What they are giving us is a reason not to care.
Please don’t read this as an endorsement or condemnation for any of the nine. We wouldn’t know enough about any of them to make any sort of value judgment.
In fact, won’t it be difficult to make your choice on May 22? How do you decide among the unknowns. Eenie, Meanie, Miney, Moe, pick your congressional nominee by the toe?
We concede there is an expanse of more than 100 miles north to south in this district, and all the candidates – all but two of whom are from Northern Kentucky – are new to a congressional race.
In fact, we question if any of those candidates truly has studied their district’s geography.  Or maybe they have and have succumbed to its sprawling range of counties. We almost grasp that.
But we don’t concede that it is acceptable that Shelby County’s voice will be nothing but a faint echo in a 100-mile cavern.
This lack of respect for our constituents is totally unacceptable.