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A new home for Alma Adams

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Adams jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

From an editorial in Thursday’s (Greensboro) News & Record:

Alma Adams represents what’s been called the Interstate 85 district, and that’s the route that may carry her to her next home.

The Greensboro Democrat says she’ll move to Charlotte if the new configuration of the 12th Congressional District holds up.

It’s not often a sitting member of Congress has to go so far to continue serving – let alone pull up roots so deep. Adams has lived in Guilford County almost all her life, receiving undergraduate and master’s degrees from N.C. A&T and teaching art history at Bennett College for four decades.

Adams’ career has been marked by devotion to Greensboro. She was first elected to the Greensboro city school board and worked her way up – serving on the Greensboro City Council and then in the N.C. House for a decade.

A panel of federal judges struck down the 12th District last month. The legislature created a new congressional map and put all of the 12th District inside Mecklenburg.

Neither the Constitution nor any law requires a member of Congress to live within the district she represents. Legally, Adams doesn’t have to move. But it doesn’t make sense for her to remain here when none of Guilford County will be left in the district. It’s better politically for a representative to live among the people she serves.

So off Adams will go, facing an election that, for the first time, won’t have Greensboro voters in her corner.

We wish Rep. Adams a smooth ride to her new destination.

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