Washington Post: I was gerrymandered out of my Missouri district. Voters deserve real competition.

Until Friday, I was a U.S. House candidate, seeking to represent Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District. Running as a middle-of-the-road Democrat, inspired by the notion of public service, I have spent most of the past year meeting with voters, talking to advocacy groups and raising money. My experience having worked for a Democratic mayor and a Republican governor is useful for this once-purple district, and I was the leading Democratic candidate in the race.

I withdrew not because an aggressive gerrymander shifted the 2nd District from a toss-up to a safely Republican seat — I knew the headwinds going in — but because I was literally drawn out of my district.

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