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Patricia McTeague
Denbigh has been disenfranchised from voting representation. Newport News neighborhoods should NOT be included with Williamsburg / James City County which will decrease Newport News’ influence in the General Assembly, etc.
Matthew DeGrave
I do not like how this is split out. It seems like the group that put this together is trying to limit the voices of folks in lower income areas. Why is district 40, 42, and 43 split like that.
Cynthia Watson
It gerrymanders out Denbigh’s public housing, it nonsensically combines Newport News with the more affluent and conservative-leaning Williamsburg / James City County which will decrease Newport News’ influence in the General Assembly
Sandra de los Rios
This map does a disservice to the residents of Newport News, effectively disenfranchising them and eliminating their influence in government by carving the city up in a most illogical, politically motivated way.
Emily Wilson
This is clearly carving up Denbigh. The lines look like they were made by an Exacto knife. Let my community vote as a unit.
Marcy Stutzman
The gerrymandering in Hampton Roads that was reduced by court ordered changes in 2019 is being systematically restored with this proposed map. For example, by taking the minority-heavy sections of Denbigh and adding them to the solidly democratic 42nd district, the Virginia Peninsula is again being cut apart to under-represent our interests. House districts 42 and 43 have more people than they should and these voters deserve proportional representation in our government. Districts 40-44 need to be redrawn to proportionally represent this area. I strongly oppose this proposed division of districts on the peninsula.
Mary Vause
I dislike this map because it cracks the Denbigh community by carving out the public housing from the neighborhood surrounding it. Williamsburg is a college town with wealthy residents. Both it and the wealthy retiree-heavy suburbs of JCC have nothing in common with the Denbigh and Fort Eustis area. A city of 180,000 people should comprise the majority of two delegate districts, not one. Anything else disregards the needs of the city.
John Kern
My apologies to the map drawer but regarding District 40 it simply does not make sense placing Jamestown and eastern James City County with communities near Richmond. It simply defies any compactness logic. In addition Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown have a community of interest going back centuries! They should be together.
Laura Tripp
All of James City County and Williamsburg should be in the same District. This map has it split into several districts which don’t make sense. The goal of this effort was to develop compact districts, not ones like we currently have and like the ones proposed here - long and meandering. Again, it is important that all of James City County stays together.
Jennifer Tierney
We are back to long, skinny districts that run through too many communities. Isn't one of the main objectives to create compact districts? The southern half of James City County is very different from the northern half, and yet we've split the community from east to west instead of north to south. Jamestown, a very important Williamsburg-area historic resource, is in the same district as Quinton, which is now a suburb of Richmond, and not in the same district as Williamsburg. It should be in the 40th District.
Sam Shirazi
This district does not make sense because it lumps Fredericksburg with more rural areas of Stafford. Instead, there should be a district that follow I-95 because those are all communities of interest.
Karen Angulo
Please keep Campbell and Prince Edward counties intact. This proposed HOD 79 should include all of Prince Edward and none of Campbell. Otherwise, it appears to be drawn only to favor current House incumbents.
Laura West
Please consider the Princeton Gerrymandering Project's strategy for coming to a resolution re the Senate and HOD maps. See attached file or go here: https://909e3273-9fa0-41a6-8951-74ae885ec0e2.filesusr.com/ugd/13f61a_842596f6dec94010ae614966621809cf.pdf Thank you for your consideration.
Chris DeRosa
This map splits the 7 Corners/Baileys Crossroads community into three House districts. Many residents in these neighborhoods belong to immigrant and/or minority groups - their voices are being silenced in this map.
Leah Chock
I'm not sure that 39 and 66 make sense. New Kent County is quite rural, as is Charles City County. A major local issue is (lack of) access to decent internet. Maybe these similar rural areas should be in the same district. As is, 39 goes far enough east to include part of Williamsburg, and 66 includes part of Richmond, both of which are very different from the rural areas.
Roger Schickedantz
This map goes against the intent to give localities a voice reflecting their demographic base. If Charlottesville and Albemarle must be split at all, at least the City itself, the urban ring (growth area), and Crozet should be contiguous within a single district. I support the comments of others who have voice opposition to this map.
Jordan Labiosa
I was honored that Craig County was the #1 voting locality (81.7%) for the formation of the Redistricting Commission. In part, this was because Craig County is currently represented in the Virginia Senate by a Senator in Lynchburg. Though Senator Newman has done a fine job of representing our values, it is easy to see that Craig County is culturally and geographically different than Lynchburg and interested in different priorities. It is my assessment that Craig County should be in a Roanoke-based House of Delegate's district to maintain our community of interest. Craig County is in the Roanoke Metropolitan Region with a Roanoke-centric population base. A vast majority of our workforce travels to Roanoke County every day for employment utilizing Craig County's primary road, Rt 311, for travel. Rt. 311 is also a road maintained out of the Roanoke-based VDOT Salem residency. Craig County has just one small grocery store and most households rely on Salem/Roanoke as the closest source of broader options and prices. The largest industry in Craig County, a sand mining plant, relies on roads in the Catawba Valley to reach the Roanoke Cement Co. If you dial 911 in Craig County and need transportation to a hospital, the odds are more than 85% in favor of you being transported to a Roanoke-based hospital. Craig County law enforcement is trained at Cardinal Justice Academy in Salem and our allotment of State Troopers serves out of the Area 40 Office (Roanoke and Craig Counties). Our namesake, Robert Craig, was a Roanoke-based delegate. To remove Craig County from a Roanoke-based district would ignore substantial precedent in the fact that Craig County has never been paired within a district which does not include a majority in Roanoke County or Botetourt. Removing Craig County's Roanoke-based representation in the House of Delegates serves only to detach our interests from representation in Richmond.
Douglas Miller
As a citizen of Albemarle County, I strongly oppose the GOP attempt at dividing Albemarle County into 3 pieces. Albemarle has had our voices diluted in the VA House of Delegates for the past decade precisely because of this sort of gerrymandering. We deserve to be kept as unified as possible going forward. Thus, we should be in only 2 Districts. One District should be Charlottesville and some portion of Albemarle. The second District could be the rest of Albemarle and a neighbouring County, with whom we share a community of interest. Albemarle County is a strong community of interest and needs to stay together. With the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia providing a unifying backbone of the community where many Albemarle residents work and enjoy social actives. Trying to split the county into 3 districts again goes against everything we voted for when we voted for the new redistricting commission. You can do better.
Marci Kramer
The gerrymandering occurring in parts of Virginia, and as it relates to Central VA, where I live, is unacceptable. It's critical to keep Albemarle County unified, in general, and with Charlottesville. Splitting up districts and combining ones that do not share common interests and concerns does not make sense and becomes damaging for residents. Please do not force Albemarle residents to share representation with other communities more than an hour away that have different interests and concerns. No representative will be able to fully or effectively represent such an incongruous district stretching from Charlottesville to Lynchburg. I also endorse Tim Hickey's proposed solution here--combining part of Albemarle with Charlottesville and not dividing Albemarle into more than 2 districts and joining the remainder of Albemarle with Nelson County.
Teresa A Hickey
Upon moving to Crozet, I was amazed and appalled at the blatant gerrymandered districts surrounding my new home in Albemarle County. I voted yes for the creation of a non partisan redistricting commission. I am now dismayed to see that the proposed Republican map continues to divide Albemarle into 3 separate districts. I strongly urge the commission to follow the suggestions of several commenters calling for the creation of one district composed of Charlottesville and part of Albemarle, and a second district comprising the rest of Albemarle and Nelson County. The two counties share a common boundary and connected economically, culturally, agriculturally.
Christopher B. Seaman
I am a Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, where I teach Election Law. As an election law scholar and a citizen of Albemarle County, I strongly oppose the Republican-drawn map for House of Delegates, which fragments Albemarle County into 3 pieces (HD-74, HD-75, and HD-76). The citizens of Albemarle County -- which have overwhelmingly voted Democratic in local, statewide, and federal elections -- have had our voices diluted in the VA House of Delegates for the past decade precisely because of this sort of pernicious partisan gerrymandering, where our county was fragmented into four separate districts. My own district, HD 25, currently runs from the Charlottesville bypass (US-29) to the West Virginia border, deliberatly avoiding pockets of Democratic voters in Waynesboro, Staunton, and Harrisonburg to be a Republican gerrymander. The citizens of Albemarle deserve to be as unified as possible going forward. As a result, we should be in only 2 Districts. The first District should include Charlottesville and some portion of Albemarle County (most likely the precincts to the immediate north and/or east of Charlottesville City limits) to reach optimal popuation. The second District should be the rest of Albemarle and part or all our neighbor to the south, Nelson County, with whom we share a community of interest, as we share common media outlets, economic interests (particularly agricultural and tourism), and commuting patterns. This would be a compact District that would keep the citizens of Albemarle together as much as possible while also addressing the concern raised by some members of this commission regarding the Democratic map.
Laura Carini
please DO NOT split localities!! This is a huge headache for all city staff and incredibly expensive!! This is your chance to make this right.
Diane Griffiths
Why the spur in the top right? Why is this community singled out and not included with its surrounding community? The votes of these people should be included with their adjacent community of interest-- this is exactly the kind of map-drawing the Commission was supposed to be avoiding.
Tim Baird
Under this plan, HD 64 would include all of Powhatan and the portion of North Chesterfield that includes Bon Air and Midlothian. Bon Air is a suburban community that borders directly on the City of Richmond and shares a community of interest with the Western portions of Richmond and Henrico, as reflected in the jointly proposed Senate Map. Outside of North Chesterfield, Richmond and the West End of Henrico is where Bon Air residents work, shop, and seek entertainment. Public transit lines connect those areas to Bon Air. Bon Air does not share a community of interest with Powhatan, which, as an exurban County, faces many different issues and concerns than those faced by Bon Air residents. As a Bon Air resident who can walk to the Richmond city line from my house in about 5 minutes, I do not support adding North Chesterfield to Powhatan as an appropriate redistricting solution.
Tim Baird
Under this plan, HD 64 would include all of Powhatan and the portion of North Chesterfield that includes Bon Air and Midlothian. Bon Air is a suburban community that borders directly on the City of Richmond and shares a community of interest with the Western portions of Richmond and Henrico, as reflected in the jointly proposed Senate Map. Outside of North Chesterfield, Richmond and the West End of Henrico is where Bon Air residents work, shop, and seek entertainment. Public transit lines connect those areas to Bon Air. Bon Air does not share a community of interest with Powhatan, which, as an exurban County, faces many different issues and concerns than those faced by Bon Air residents. As a Bon Air resident who can walk to the Richmond city line from my house in about 5 minutes, I do not support adding North Chesterfield to Powhatan as an appropriate redistricting solution.
Shannon Hurley
In this, as in so many proposals, District 71 comes down like a fist to absorb part of Virginia Beach. This area of Virginia Beach is completely suburban area. The Eastern Shore, which would comprise the rest of District 71, is rural and semi-rural. The two parts have few concerns in common. Inevitably, the delegate would have to choose which constituents to support and which to ignore. Instead, the Eastern Shore should be expanded be expanding the district to the west, across the Chesapeake Bay, which historically unites the communities on either side.
James Enoch
This is an unnecessary split in Campbell County and pairs part of Campbell with citizens up to Palmyra and effectively does not give them a valid voice in the General Assembly, the rest of Campbell County, including the populated Timberlake area goes to a more rural area and diminishes its say in the General Assembly
Judith Frist Riutort
Divides the City of Newport News between WMBS, JCC, and Hampton. Fails to keep the Community of interest together and certainly breaks down the boundaries of a city of 180,000 people.
Mary Ann Moxon
Please keep James City County together. Common interest area for sure.
Judith Frist Riutort
Divides the City of Newport News between WMBS, JCC, and Hampton. Fails to keep the Community of interest together and certainly breaks down the boundaries of a city of 180,000 people
Judith Frist Riutort
A6 breakdowns the boundary of the City of Newport News putting it with Wmsb and JCC and Hampton. There is only a sliver representing the area of the shipyard with very few residences. Really poor representation of community of interest and maintaining community boundaries.
Mike Fox
As an Albemarle County resident, I feel strongly that our county should not be divided into three districts. Our region has a unique historical and cultural identity that ought to be protected and assured with a unified voice in Richmond, in addition to business interests such as tourism and agribusiness. The town of Scottsville should also not be severed from the rest of the county.
Ian Dixon
Please recognize that Albemarle County is a Community of Interest. I live 1.5 miles outside of Charlottesville City, and although I am in Albemarle County I have a Charlottesville mailing address. Albemarle County is increasingly becoming suburbs of Charlottesville, and voters in the county have much more common interests with our immediate neighbors than we do with distant southern locales. As a voter, I have been gerrymandering out of representation, as have the vast majority of my neighbors.
Ian Dixon
Please recognize that Albemarle County is a Community of Interest. I live 1.5 miles outside of Charlottesville City, and although I am in Albemarle County I have a Charlottesville mailing address. Albemarle County is increasingly becoming suburbs of Charlottesville, and voters in the county have much more common interests with our immediate neighbors than we do with distant southern locales. As a voter, I have been gerrymandering out of representation, as have the vast majority of my neighbors.
Alexander Deucher
This plan is blatantly partisan and needlessly breaks up Albemarle County. The county is a community and has more in common with itself than with disparate surrounding areas.
Connie Smith
District 79: Please don't split Prince Edward and Campbell counties! Add in the rest of Prince Edward including Farmville, and remove the Campbell part. The map as drafted unnecessarily creates split precincts and counties! Please don't do this to us!
Diane Griffiths
Why is there a spur on the upper right side of this map? That community is a majority minority community that is being separated from it's Denbigh Community of Interest. It makes no sense to draw the lines up and around that housing area rather than including it with neighbors who share their interests (this is exactly what the last maps did wrong)
Matthew Lawless
This is a fine-grained detail with respect to the Town of Scottsville. The town limits include portions of Albemarle and Fluvanna counties. The House and Senate maps now in effect split the town's voters. It would be better to unify them. This map has a split from Fluvanna to southern Albemarle.
Jonathon Wright
Swapping this portion in HD-61 into HD-62 to create a district north of Route 288 seems to make more sense for similar communities and takes Route 288 as a barrier into account. This would also make HD-61 a similarly more compact district that remains south of Route 288.
Toby Zakin
I am disappointed that the Commission has divided Albemarle county into 3 different House districts 76,75,74. I support the comments made by others - including Tim Hickey. The proposed Senate district 31 makes sense for Albemarle county. And should be a model for the House district.
Toby Zakin
I am disappointed that the Commission has divided Albemarle county into 3 different House districts 76,75,74. I support the comments made by others - including Tim Hickey. The proposed Senate district 31 makes sense for Albemarle county.
David Singerman
I'm disappointed that this map also maintains the division of Albemarle. Albemarle County is the largest jurisdiction in the region, and has an obvious community of its own centered around Charlottesville, and with the city itself. It makes no sense to split it up in this way and force its residents to share representation with other communities an hour away that have different interests and concerns. It will be incredibly difficult for a member of the General Assembly from any part to effectively represent a district stretching from Charlottesville to Lynchburg. As a compromise, I endorse Tim Hickey's proposed solution here--combining part of Albemarle with Charlottesville, and the remainder of the county with Nelson. That is compact and makes sense given how the residents here live their lives.
Laura West
I cannot get my comments to 'take' on B6, so will try on A7. I live in Arlington and am focusing my review of maps B6 and A7 on Arlington. I dislike this map to compared with B6 because this map does not place the area SE of Fort Myer in District 3 (with Aurora Highlands), which I think is a worse solution than B6
Mary Ann Moxon
Southwest portion of James City County has little in common with New Kent County, a LOT in common with Williamsburg (the hole within the James City County doughnut).
Mary Ann Moxon
Southwest portion of James City County has little in common with New Kent County, a LOT in common with Williamsburg (the hole within the James City County doughnut).
Mary Ann Moxon
Southwest portion of James City County has little in common with New Kent County, a LOT in common with Williamsburg (the hole within the James City County doughnut).
Brian Kirwin
Would be better if southern Chesapeake and southern Virginia Beach communities of interest were kept together.
Lauren Boggs Meslar
As in previous Republican Consultant versions of the HOD map, the division of Albemarle County in this proposal seems to be partisan-oriented instead of community-focused as I thought these new districts were supposed to be. I am a 9th generation Albemarle Co. resident and I live in the current 59th district which is incredibly gerrymandered; I would very much like to be part of the district of my neighbors, 1.5 miles away instead of lumped with those in Lynchburg and further south. The proposal here continues to divide Albemarle unfairly. It should be focused on Albemarle's county line with either Greene or Nelson combined as many of those populations use Albemarle/Cville as their economic and cultural center and existing divisions already group these areas together (JRML system, BRHD sytem).
Chris DeRosa
I have expressed my displeasure of the disrespect of jurisdictional boundaries (Arlington / Fairfax Counties) in order to foster incumbent protection. This appendage unnecessarily connects a few precincts in Fairfax County with Arlington County. Arlington should be able to have 2 entire House districts within its borders, and just one House district that will need to be connected with another jurisdiction to meet population requirements. This map creates three Arlington districts, none of which are wholly contained within County boundaries. I reject Map A7 for Arlington County.
Chris DeRosa
Would like to see Districts 3, 4, and 5 adjusted slightly to better reflect Communities of Interest. District 4 includes part of the Metro corridor with high density, restaurants and transportation in common - extend from Ballston/Virginia Square to Rosslyn, and south into Pentagon City and Crystal City. District 3 (South Arlington) should include neighborhoods north of Columbia Pike up to Rt 50 Arlington Blvd, as has been requested by many South Arlington residents. Pentagon City (District 3) has more in common with Crystal City (District 5), including high rises (density), shopping, and transportation corridors. District 5 (North Arlington) could include neighborhoods to the south and west, including Dominion Hills and Madison Manor - schools, bike trails and parks are used by all in this area of the county.
Kat Maybury
Albemarle County is a single community. Any attempt to divvy it up and submerge it into other districts is gerrymandering. Our community has been subjected to this for many years and we are expecting this process ---YOU--- to fix that clear problem. Charlottesville and a small part of immediately surrounding Albemarle County probably make sense as one district but the rest should be not be further divided. I agree with an earlier commenter that including Nelson with Albemarle makes sense if the the mountains between Augusta and western Albemarle were problematic for some reviewers (although many of us make that back-and-forth across the mountain often). Please keep Albemarle County together as the single community of interest that it is. Adding our neighbor Nelson makes a great deal of sense both in terms of compactness of geography and the sense of community that we share. But in no case should Albemarle be further divided.
Harrison Premen
As with the other Plan A HOD iterations...Fauquier can easily fit within a single district. By dividing the county using the current precincts selected in Southern Fauquier, it creates a very jagged edge that is confusing and creates illogical peninsulas between the two districts.
Michael Rodemeyer
Dont divide Albemarle!
David Hardison
This plan is inferior to the B5 plan in that it divides McLean - an area with a clear community of interests - among districts 5, 6, and 15. We really would have no representation - district 5 will be controlled by Arlington, while district 6 will be controlled by Falls Church, and there will be no obvious community of interest in district 11, which will be controlled by semi-rural Great Falls while also including most of urban Tysons and parts of McLean. It's not a good design.
Nathan Welz
As a member of the Charlottesville/Albemarle community, I don't see any need to split Albemarle into three different districts. Albemarle has historic ties within the community, and I don't see a good need split the community up.
Suzanne Tardif
There is no reason to continue dividing up the town of Christiansburg into two or more districts. We have far more in common with Blacksburg, Radford, Salem and Roanoke. Many of us travel between these towns and cities for work, church and shopping. We have more of the same issues for infrastructure, employment, education and more. I have absolutely nothing in common with Pulaski, Bland, Floyd and other areas my part of town is always grouped with. I have had absolutely no representation for issues that are common to my area for many years. There is no reason to separate Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford from each other, and especially to keep continuing to divide the town of Christiansburg into multiple districts.
Suzanne Tardif
There is no reason to continue dividing up the town of Christiansburg into two or more districts. We have far more in common with Blacksburg, Radford, Salem and Roanoke. Many of us travel between these towns and cities for work, church and shopping. We have more of the same issues for infrastructure, employment, education and more. I have absolutely nothing in common with Pulaski, Bland, Floyd and other areas my part of town is always grouped with. I have had absolutely no representation for issues that are common to my area for many years. There is no reason to separate Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford from each other, and especially to keep continuing to divide the town of Christiansburg into multiple districts.
Peggy Layne
I like that Blacksburg and Radford are grouped together in district 94. These two university communities have a lot in common. I don't like that Montgomery County is still split among 3 districts. It would make more sense to put rural Giles County in a district with neighboring Pulaski or Craig, and put more of Montgomery County into district 94.
Fellissimo Gannon
There is absolutely no reason for Montgomery County to be split into three different districts. It was clearly drawn this way for partisan reasons. While Blacksburg and Radford should be in a district together, as they share similar communities, there is no reason for the district containing them to extend into Giles County. Blacksburg and the surrounding area should remain together, in a district along with Radford and western Montgomery County, including Christiansburg. Residents regularly travel between these areas for work, shopping, etc. As the maps are currently drawn, and as this A7 map is proposed, Montgomery county is divided up for political reasons in order to diminish this community's ability to choose a representative in tune with the issues it faces.
Fellissimo Gannon
There is absolutely no reason for Montgomery County to be split into three different districts. It was clearly drawn this way for partisan reasons. While Blacksburg and Radford should be in a district together, as they share similar communities, there is no reason for the district containing them to extend into Giles County. Blacksburg and the surrounding area should remain together, in a district along with Radford and western Montgomery County, including Christiansburg. Residents regularly travel between these areas for work, shopping, etc. As the maps are currently drawn, and as this A7 map is proposed, Montgomery county is divided up for political reasons in order to diminish this community's ability to choose a representative in tune with the issues it faces.
Fellissimo Gannon
There is absolutely no reason for Montgomery County to be split into three different districts. It was clearly drawn this way for partisan reasons. While Blacksburg and Radford should be in a district together, as they share similar communities, there is no reason for the district containing them to extend into Giles County. Blacksburg and the surrounding area should remain together, in a district along with Radford and western Montgomery County, including Christiansburg. Residents regularly travel between these areas for work, shopping, etc. As the maps are currently drawn, and as this A7 map is proposed, Montgomery county is divided up for political reasons in order to diminish this community's ability to choose a representative in tune with the issues it faces.
Tim Hickey
As a citizen of Albemarle County and a candidate for the House of Delegates in 2019, I strongly oppose the GOP attempt at dividing Albemarle County into 3 pieces. Albemarle has had our voices diluted in the VA House of Delegates for the past decade precisely because of this sort gerrymandering. We deserve to be kept as unified as possible going forward. Thus, we should be in only 2 Districts. One District should be Charlottesville and some portion of Albemarle. The second District could be the rest of Albemarle and our neighbor to the south, Nelson County, with whom we share a community of interest. This would be a compact District that would keep the citizens of Albemarle together as much as possible while also addressing the concern raised by some members of this commission regarding the Democratic map about the mountains between Augusta and Albemarle. In other words it is exactly the sort of compromise this Commission was formed to forge. Thank you.