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This plan splits Fairfax County's Woodburn precinct (#717) in half - potentially disadvantaging a community who must use or cross I-495 to access Metro, public schools, and even the nearest supermarket and post office.
Every map this commission has released so far from 10/13 has the black population too low for district 4. 38% is too low. You should aim for 40%. You can do this by removing white majority precincts in Richmond and adding Brunswick county. Minority representation is more important than maintaining county lines.
The Northern Virginia portions of this proposed map are far preferable to the current boundaries. Under the current map, Marshall High School's attendance zone was divided up between three different congressional districts; under this map, that number would be reduced to two. In the area where I've placed my comment pin, I support continuing to use the 495 beltway as a boundary between districts 11 and 8. Leesburg Pike is also a natural barrier between Tysons and Vienna, so its use as a buffer is wise. Placing the McLean area in district 8 makes much more sense than the town's current placement in district 10; McLean has more in common with Falls Church and Arlington than it does with Leesburg and Sterling. This map also keeps the greater Falls Church community within the same district, as I have proposed repeatedly in previously comments
I do not believe that District 4 has a sufficient African-American population, and it is possible to draw it in a better way. It should include Brunswick County to increase its African-American population. District 3 does not need to stretch into Suffolk and Franklin, and it is possible for that district to have sufficient African-American population based just on Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach. The map I submitted Map # 221 was does this.
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