The Importance of Competitive Elections

01 February, 2018 | (01 hr)

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Redrawing electoral districts to give one political party an electoral advantage diminishes the competitiveness of U.S. elections. Moreover, partisan redistricting dilutes the voice of businesses and the communities they represent. It may also contribute to political polarization, making it more difficult to pass bipartisan economic policies.

Join our panel of policy experts as we address: 

  • Why the broken redistricting process can hurt a region's economic climate
  • Solutions for achieving fair, sensible elections; and 
  • The prospects for reform in the year ahead

In this webcast, you will learn why competitive elections are necessary for a thriving, competitive economy and be provided with sensible solutions to fix our broken redistricting practices.

Who Should Attend: This webcast will appeal to those with an interest in how public policy impacts their business, including those in government relations, or strategy officers, corporate secretaries, and chief financial officers. 


Trevor Potter

Trevor Potter
Campaign Legal Center
Former Commissioner and Chairman
Federal Election Commission

Mr. Potter is one of the country's best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers, and a former Commissioner (1991-1995) and Chairman (1994) of the Federal Election Commission. Mr. Potter has been described by the American Bar Association Journal as "hands-down one of the top lawye...Full Bio

Paul M. Smith

Paul M. Smith
Vice President, Litigation & Strategy
Campaign Legal Center

Paul M. Smith joined CLC as Vice President, Litigation and Strategy in January 2017. Paul works directly with CLC’s talented team of litigators to protect and improve our democracy through innovative litigation strategies.

Paul has more than three decades of experience litigating a ...Full Bio

Michael Petro

Michael Petro (Moderator)
Executive Vice President
Committee for Economic Development

In 2012, the Committee for Economic Development’s (CED) Executive Committee named Michael J. Petro Executive Vice President of this nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization, where he previously served as Vice President of Business and Government Policy. In his current capacity M...Full Bio

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