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Joel's Compact, VRA Compliant Congressional Map
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The CD7 proposal appropriately combines the Western/Southwestern Richmond suburbs, with the exurb Counties to the West and the I-64 corridor up to Charlottesville. As drawn, it accurately corresponds to communities of interest. The other districts appear to be compact, to be divided on County/City lines, and along appropriate geographical boundaries (like the Appalachian mountain divide). I see a split in Hanover county, but it appears reasonable. And I like that Hampton Roads is kept together as one community of interest. I leave to others to comment on NOVA districts.
District 5 does not represent either the southside counties or the mountain counties well. Highland County on the West Virginia line has little in common with the counties along the North Carolina line. The 9th district makes sense on this map. I agree with Sam, it does not make sense to split the Shenandoah Valley and adjacent mountain counties in this way.
I like the way Richmond and the surrounding counties are organized while also ensuring minority representation.
This is a nice compact district that keeps communities together.
Thanks for the feedback Sam, I favored keeping the county lines as much in tact while also creating VRA districts. The current two districts are 39.9% and 47%. Mine are 41% and 44%, so I believe these would be still be VRA compliant considering the precedent here in Virginia and also they are majority-minority overall. However, it wouldn't hurt to shore them more up like you are saying.
I believe that these African-American districts are too low to create opportunity districts. It is possible to create two districts that are higher than 45% African-American.
I think this is a reasonable way to create a Central VA district.
I don't think it makes sense to split the Shenandoah Valley into 2 districts.
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