...when the districts were redrawn after the 2000 census, Ross Township was divided into 4 separate state house districts, specifically to separate this particular representative from his supporters and allow someone else to be elected.
Why is this a problem? If the North Hills school board wanted to contact their representative about state education policy, they had four separate representatives to contact, and each of these representatives had a minority of their voters in the North Hills school district. If Ross Township officials wanted to coordinate with the state on funding state infrastructure projects, they had a similar problem.
Ross Township residents, already united by one municipal government and one school district, had to join in a different, artificially defined communities to work with their state representatives. Ross residents were a minority in each of these four districts, resulting in a loss of political influence for Ross voters.