Denise Driehaus does not understand this. She did the opposite and foolishly says it to CityBeat. To her it's all about a number, not about the voters. Read what she said here:
“The only way to define statehouse district is by its number because geographies change,” she says. “Everybody’s districts changed during this redraw… the number is 31 for my current district. The number for the new district is 31. So, I consider that to be my district, and I consider myself to be the incumbent in that district.”Driehaus is not the incumbent for the New 31st, that's just a lie and she knows it. The New 31st district is totally different than the Old 31st. The people and places she represents are totally different. She moved to the New 31st district a few weeks before the deadline. She hasn't even changed the official campaign address for her campaign committee. It's still in Price Hill.
Let's face the simple fact: Denies Driehaus moved to the New 31st because she wanted to keep her job, not because she wants to represent the people living there.She's an opportunist. This is about her, not about representing the people of the New 31st. She's a carpetbagger. Her views are in conflict with the majority of the people in the new district but she'll happily pretend otherwise.
She's a conservative Democrat and is hiding the fact that she's pro-life. Her voting record on the subject is clear, but she's scrubbed her 2010 Right to Life endorsement from her website. She didn't get it in the primary only because Terry Tranter managed to find a way to be more extreme on the issue, otherwise she would have gotten it.
Driehaus's answers to the 2010 Cincinnati right to life survey should make it clear to all where she stands on abortion rights. In a year when the rights of women to control their own bodies are in danger in Ohio as well as across the county, the people of the New 31st district need to know this and not be fooled because she evades answering the issue head on. She instead allegedly wants to focus on other women's issues, like jobs and education. Well, those are issues that affect both men and women. Driehaus needs to address issues that only affect women. She needs to be honest with the voters and make her position on abortion clear and open and avoid letting people think she agrees with them on choice. She's anti-abortion and has voted to limit abortion rights. She's not just against it personally, she actually has voted to limit the rights of women who have been raped or the victim of incest from being able to choose an abortion. There is only one candidate who supports the right of women to control their own bodies and that is Luke Brockmeier.
Make sure the voters know who is thinking about them instead of the number on a paycheck.