As a conservative state legislator in Georgia, Rep. Brian Strickland of McDonough is no tea partier. But he isn’t exactly a moderate either. During his five years representing District 111 in Henry County, Strickland voted for an anti-LGBT “religious freedom” measure, a bill allowing people to carry weapons on college campuses and federal funding for unregulated “crisis pregnancy centers” that oppose abortions. That conservative voting record wouldn’t raise an eyebrow in many of Georgia’s blood-red legislative districts. But Strickland’s agenda grew increasingly out of step with his rapidly changing constituency as more blacks, Hispanics and other minorities moved into his district as well as Henry County, a fast-growing, majority-minority exurb of Atlanta.
… The suit claims Strickland’s re-drawn district and another, Georgia House District 105, were illegal racial gerrymanders designed to dilute African American voting power and empower white incumbents in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The foundation, which is backed by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, will also challenge challenge questionable legislative and congressional maps drawn after the 2020 census.