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While I would agree with Peggy Layne, this arrangement would be preferable to putting Franklin County in a district with Southwest Virginia.
Franklin County has little in common with the counties in the Shenandoah Valley, same for Bedford County and the city of Lynchburg. They are a better fit in a southside district, allowing a Valley district to extend farther to the north.
Again, this map wrongly drops Charlottesville and Albemarle in with the Valley: two areas that have little in common. Why not combine Charlottesville with the surrounding counties that are, for example, in the TJ Planning District or the Blue Ridge Health District or even the federally defined MSA?
Chesterfield should not be grouped with rural counties. It should be added with western Henrico because that is most similar to it.
I absolutely hate that Fluvanna has to continually be lumped in with Southside Virginia. We are a Community of Interest and essentially a suburb of Charlottesville-Albemarle and this map completely pares us away from our Community of Interest and puts us with a group of counties that we have zero interaction with. Also, this map just blatantly cracks away Charlottesville-Albemarle and lumps it in with the Valley. Blue Ridge Mountains be damned, it's lumped in with a different world on the other side of the mountains.
I think this is a reasonable way to draw a SW Virginia seat.
Charlottesville and Albermarle should not be part of this district. Instead, the Sixth District should go "down the valley," all the way to Winchester. In other words, the Shenandoah Valley should not be split into two districts. Several commentators during the public hearings mentioned that Charlottesville and Albermarle have more in common with Central Virginia as opposed to over the Blue Ridge Mountains with Augusta County.
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