SOJ Increasing Awareness to Rural California's Lack of Representation
On July 29th, Herve' Leconte, a 57-year old resident of El Dorado County, will begin his 12 day, 500 mile run, from Sonora in Tuolumne County, ending his final leg of the run in Siskiyou County. Herve' will travel through 15 rural counties of Northern California aka State of Jefferson that encompasses a total of 21 counties.
Herve' is a native of France, becoming a proud American in 2000. He and his wife Julie, became immediate supporters of Jefferson in 2015, after attending a State of Jefferson El Dorado County Town Hall. Herve' appreciates the freedom and liberty that is America and that emphasized and supported by the State of Jefferson. Additionally, Herve' is more appreciative and knowledgeable about the Constitution than many Americans.
Herve' was raised in a Parisian suburb called Malakoff, which to this day is still run by the Communists. He has seen firsthand the many faces of Socialism and Communism. Growing up, he remembers his French mother tearing up, when she told the story of being liberated on D-Day by Americans/allies. His French father also recounted many stories from experiencing the German Occupation of France, leaving Herve' with a deep understanding of Tolaterian regimes and a reverence for Freedom.
Today, Herve' has put his hobby of running to good work by using it to raise funds and awareness for various causes that are dear to his heart. Herve' has done numerous runs for law enforcement, first responders and military families. In fact, Herve' is the Chairman of the Board for a local non-profit called Military Family Support Group and he and his wife work tirelessly to help veterans and military families in their community
In May of 2017, Citizens for Fair Representation dba State of Jefferson, filed a lawsuit against the State of California for lack of representation and dilution of vote. For over three years the California State Legislature has ignored these rural county citizens’ requests to return to the fair/equal representation that existed, prior to 1964, when just about every county had one State Senator representing the concerns and needs of their constituents.
Currently, California's population is just under 40 million, represented by 40 State Senators and 80 Assembly members. The same number of representatives that in 1862 represented 416,640 people.
Claimants state: “California's refusal to increase its level of representation to reflect its exponential population growth is both arbitrary and unconstitutional.”
Herve' stated: “This is why the “Run for Representation” is so important and I am determined to bring more awareness to both the Citizens for Fair Representation and the State of Jefferson movement and do all I can to make it a reality”!
A Itinerary & Schedule
Day 3) –Monday, July 31 – Placerville to Grass Valley (Nevada) 50 Miles
1 Stop at Auburn – staging area??
*Overnight Stop in Grass Valley – lodging required, staging area??
Day 4) - Tuesday, August 1 – Grass Valley to Marysville (Yuba) – 40 Miles
Overnight Stop – lodging required – staging area??
Day 5) - Wednesday, August 2 – Marysville to Oroville (Butte) – 30 Miles
1 Stop in Yuba City, Sutter -- staging area??
*Night Stop in Oroville – lodging required – staging area??