Charles L Coughlin
Software Developer - ILS Automation
BS - Applied Math and Engineering Physics - University of Wisconsin MS - Computer Science - Illinois Institute of Technology
I have not made donations to candidates or political parties.
I am a volunteer classroom assistant at the Emily Griffith Technical College for beginning English.
I am a volunteer with All On The Line, an organization dedicated to the production of fair maps and an accessible redistricting process.
I firmly believe that a strong democracy requires the election process to be fair and transparent. I am proud that Colorado is held as a positive example for the entire country and I want to make sure that this process succeeds for us. Besides, redistricting is a fascinating multi-dimension optimization problem. I believe that I can contribute in perhaps unique ways.
I believe discussion among committee members will be less contentious if the primary focus is on the definition of what is "fair" followed by concentration on the processes, algorithms, and metrics to get there. As an engineer, I have often found myself in the role of fact-gatherer prior to important decision-making. I would promote use of tools that provide a factual, numerical basis for plan evaluations. Mathematics is non-partisan
After surveying current tools for comparison of competing redistricting plans and finding none freely available, I wrote one. "PlanAnalyzer" is a desktop computer application that analyzes redistricting plans for fairness, comparing them under a variety of different metrics. Whether or not this tool will be ever useful in a production setting, it was invaluable to me as a learning device. I now have considerable insight into the trade-offs and competing goals inherent in the redistricting process. My application, by the way, is open-source, available to anyone at https://github.com/chuckcoughlin/redistrict-colorado. Documentation is available on the site and as an attachment to this application.