Break Up 30th Delegate District

West Virginia might not make it all the way this year to single-member districts for the House of Delegates, legislative leaders said earlier this summer – but it was likely there would be progress.

This week, as lawmakers met to approve new boundaries for legislative and congressional districts, Democrat muscle shoved that pledge away.

Most members of the House of Delegates are elected from small districts that send one, two or even three lawmakers to Charleston. But a few have more members, and that does not serve either their constituents or the state as a whole well.

It had been suggested converting the whole state to single-delegate districts would be a good idea. That probably is impractical and certainly is not necessary. It is the big districts, not the smaller ones, that are of concern.

Some progress would be made in breaking up the big districts, leading lawmakers said as recently as last week.

But this week, as the Legislature prepared a first draft of its redistricting plan, the seven-member 30th District in Kanawha County remained intact. Clearly, Democrat lawmakers who dominate the district have enough clout to maintain the status quo.

That should not be permitted. Most West Virginians want the big districts broken up, and lawmakers should do just that – starting with the 30th.