Layton, Leslie

Leslie Layton reports for New America Media.

In Upstate California, Redistricting Alters Maps, But Not Latino Clout

By Leslie Layton
New America Media

For the past two decades, Republican Congressman Wally Herger has represented a swath of northern California that includes depressed mountain and farm worker communities, fertile ranchlands and rice fields and a liberal-leaning college town.

Herger's unbending conservatism has been a source of frustration to liberal voters and progressives advocating for immigrant rights and social services. But for 24 years, Herger has held onto his seat, seldom facing opponents who have had the financing or support to present a serious challenge.