Tony Fairfax (LinkedIn) is a Geodemographic Consultant and President & CEO of CensusChannel LLC. Mr. Fairfax is also the founder of Statistical Press.

Mr. Fairfax began his career as an electrical engineer for a manufacturing division of Teledyne Inc. and then for a government consulting firm, Engineering & Economic Research Systems. As an electrical engineer, Mr. Fairfax had a variety of duties including: project engineer, lead designer, and project manager for special projects.

However, for the past 22 years Mr. Fairfax has worked as a demographic data & mapping consultant. Specializing in redistricting, he personally developed hundreds of redistricting plans covering 22 different states. During the span of his consulting tenure, Mr. Fairfax provided demographic, mapping, and redistricting services and training to numerous non-profit and public sector groups. A partial list of these organizations include:

          • Advancement Project;
          • African American Redistricting Collaborative (AARC) of California;
          • Congressional Black Caucus Institute;
          • Democracy South;
          • Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC);
          • Mississippi NAACP;
          • National NAACP;
          • NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF);
          • NAACP National Voter Fund;
          • National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL);
          • Norfolk State University
          • Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ);
          • US Action.

Mr. Fairfax has provided plan development support during the 1990, 2000, and now 2010 round of redistricting. His focus has been to ensure redistricting plans meet traditional redistricting principles that adhere to federal and state guidelines as well as the Voting Rights Act. Finally, he has testified and participated as an expert on mapping and demographic aspects of redistricting.

Major Litigation & Testimony Related Efforts:

  • North Carolina NAACP, Raleigh, NC (2012) Provided expert deposition as well as report on his opinions and analysis for the NC NAACP (Dickson) v. State of North Carolina redistricting case. The affidavit included examination of compactness measurements pertaining to the Congressional, State Senate, and State House “Benchmark” plans, several approved plans, and several legislative submitted plans.
  • Texas NAACP, San Antonio, TX (2011) Provided expert witness testimony for Federal redistricting court case Perez v. Perry. Testimony covered the evaluation of traditional redistricting criteria of the Congressional and House approved plans compared to several proposed or legislature submitted plans.
  • Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, Baton Rouge, LA (2011) Testified in front of the Senate and Governmental Affairs committee. Testimony included the analysis of two redistricting plans comparing ideal population deviation, political subdivision splits (Parishes); and compactness ratios. Also, developed a redistricting plan and testified in front of the House and Governmental Affairs in support of a new majority minority (African American) congressional district in Louisiana.
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, Los Angeles, CA (2004) Developed several state senate plans for the Metts v. Murphy Rhode Island court case. Was one of the redistricting experts in the U.S. District Voting Rights court case in RI. Outcome: The case was settled with the plan continuing to include a district favorable for African Americans to elect a candidate of choice.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Redistricting Project, Washington D.C. (2002) Performed as the redistricting expert for Congressman Hilliard in a consolidated U.S. District court Voting Rights case in Alabama. Outcome: The case was settled maintaining a district that would enable African Americans to elect a candidate of choice.
  • Council of Black Elected Democrats (COBED) New York State, New York, NY (2002) Performed as one of the redistricting experts (Allen v Pataki/Rodriguez v Pataki) by developing several New York State congressional district plans that were presented by COBED.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida (1995 – 1996) Provided expert technical redistricting support as one half of the Expert Master’s Team. Developed over 50 commissioner district plans for the county as well as the final adopted plan for the county.
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDEF), New York, NY (1993) Via Norfolk State University, provided expert technical support for the Shaw v. Reno Supreme Court Voting Rights case. Analyzed and compared compactness ratios for congressional districts throughout the U.S. The results were compared to the 12th congressional district of North Carolina. Also, developed several alternative congressional district plans.

Redistricting Training and Presentations:

  • Tennessee NAACP, Nashville, TN (2011)
  • The Advancement Project, Washington, DC (2011)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Conference, Washington, DC (2011)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MA (2011)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Washington, DC (2002, 2010)
  • Duke University’s RGESS Center/Community Census and Redistricting Institute (CCRI – A Project of SCSJ), Durham, NC (2010)
  • North Carolina University’s Center for Civil Rights, Chapel Hill, NC (2010)
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund AIRLIE Conference, AIRLIE, VA (2010)
  • Young Elected Officials, Los Angeles, CA (2010)
  • Young Elected Officials, Alexandria, VA (2010)
  • Howard University – Continuing Education – HBCU GIS Workshop, Washington, DC (2002)
  • Norfolk State University Redistricting Project Training Workshops (1991 – 1998)
    • Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama
    • Albany State University, Albany, Georgia
    • Florida A & M, Tallahassee, Florida
    • National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Atlanta, Georgia Conference
    • Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia
    • North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
    • North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina
    • Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Education:

Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech

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