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This is a fair and balanced map and one that makes sense for so many areas, and especially for the 7th. Well done!
PWC getting split three ways the same as FFX a county 3x it's size is a bad deal to start with but the Linton Hall Community of Interest gets vivisected in this plan perhaps the worst of any in the Commonwealth.
This plan splits Fairfax County's Woodburn precinct (#717) in half and separates our residents from local FCPS schools, our nearest post office, and our member of Congress who has known our neighborhood for decades.
As a Leesburg resident, I was disappointed that this proposal puts Leesburg in the same district as rural Loudoun. This makes absolutely no sense. Leesburg's interest are more closely aligned with eastern Loudoun.
Keeler Konte Anderson Hunt
Heart Broken. Right now, Very against. I own businesses/programs here in Leesburg and I'm a big Leesburg History Buff. Like any group, team fan, large family...There is a certain pride that is felt being part of that history and it Flows Through as a backdrop for many business here in Leesburg. The whole feel of what you might change. is what everyone who fights change, is afraid of. I will keep looking for information on the reasoning behind this. So far, I haven't found anything that justifies it to myself.
My 7th district looks quite sensible. The Greater Richmond area has to be broken up somehow, and the proposed 7th, 4th, and 1st districts are a pretty good way to do it. Breaking up Northern Virginia is a harder issue, with all its sprawl; some of it has got to be included with more rural areas, even if there are deep divides between DC-oriented suburbanites and rural dwellers. As long as the districts including "outlying NoVA" (exemplified by Leesburg, Winchester, and the like) are drawn or redrawn to be competitive, I think this map is damn near perfect. I can't speak with any knowledge on Tidewater, though.
This map would be good because it keeps the 7th district together, acknowledges communities of interest, and gives the Democrats and Republicans a fair split of the state that acknowledges the leftward direction of Virginia
Stafford County has grown tremendously in the last 10 years and, with the extension of the I-95 express lanes to Route 17 in south Stafford we are even more connected to Northern Virginia. Stafford County should not be in a more rural Congressional district that stretches all the way to Williamsburg. We have much more in common with our neighbors to the North. Please give us a competitive district! I feel like we have no representation at all and no chance at being heard in Washington. Thank you.
Separating Leesburg from District 10 is a serious mistake. Leesburg is part of a community of interest with eastern Loudoun, especially Ashburn and Sterling, as well as the rest of suburban NoVA. Leesburg is closely aligned with other NoVA communities on issues of economic development, jobs, population growth, land use/zoning, transportation and education. It has almost nothing in common with rural western communities in District 6. I urge you not to silence voters in Leesburg on matters of importance to them. Please restore Leesburg to District 10.
This map is well thought out and logically divides the state into appropriate groups.
The 7th district makes much more sense as drawn in this map. The district is more geographically concise and incorporates areas where many people live, work, shop and recreate within the district, across county lines.
If the idea of drawing a new map is to put certain communities of interest together, it's hard to understand how moving Leesburg to the 6th District serves that purpose. Nineteen years ago (when I first moved to Leesburg), it might have been a good fit, but no longer. Economically and culturally, we are much closer to Northern Virginia than the Shenandoah Valley, and I don't think having Leesburg in the 6th is a good match. It would be very difficult for any of those who live in such a district, and have such different needs, to feel those needs have a chance to be addressed fairly.
Along with its historical charm and significance, Leesburg has continued to grow ever larger and more cosmopolitan since November of 2004 when I first moved here. I believe it would be a huge disservice to the town (on its way to becoming a city, I understand) to move it into the very large and very rural District 6. As many others have stated, Leesburg's residents could very well lose representation for the kinds of economic, land use, and sociological issues that distinguish its needs from those of the rural populations. Please do not take that approach.
This map meets the criteria I would be looking for in a well-drawn map: (1) population count is similar among districts, (2) communities of interest are together in districts, for the most part, (3) compact, reasonable districts that use county lines, for the most part, to draw district boundaries, (4) most likely to represent the interests and desires of the people rather than artificially trying to create equal representation of political parties that don't equally represent what citizens want---people not parties.
I like that this is compact map, with counties that have a share history. This makes sense.
The apportionment of greater Fredericksburg, including Stafford County, and some of Prince William County is not in alignment with the interests of the Northern Neck and points further south to Tidewater. This area is more aligned with the Northern Virginia, suburban Washington, DC area.
I would recommend continuing the 1st District up into in Dale City rather taking it Northwest to into Nokesville, potentially using the stream east of Aden as more natural barrier. Following I-95 this way would make both districts more coherent and keep together communities of interest.
Wow! Love the population equity and geographic similarities compared to the old, rather odd District Maps from before.
This map is fair and takes into account the relationships of the counties involved.
This is a good and balanced map.
Carol Crute Wampler
As a Goochland County citizen, I support Map B5 for District 7. I believe it fairly recognizes communities of interest, and it appears fair to both Republicans and Democrats.
This is a fair map for both Republicans and Democrats.
This map does a great job in the Central Virginia region of keeping communities of interest together. This map also fosters more competition around the Commonwealth better than any other map presented. Competition is crucial to make sure that we are electing representatives that are engaged and effective.
District 8 should be split using US-50 separating the Rosslyn/Ballsont/I-66/OR & SV Metro Arlington County north from the I-395/BL & YL Metro Arlington County south. While the current plan holds Arlington together, North and south Arlington are different. Different housing, different make up of race, different transportation concerns, etc. (see attachment) A coalition district can be formed in northern Virginia by combining places like south Arlington, Bailey's Crossroads, Lincolnia, Annandale, Huntington, Hybla Valley, Springfield, and Lorton. (Hispanic population over 160,000, Black population over 115,000, and Asian population over 110,000)
Northern Virginia has 3 very separate communities of interest, those that live near and use the Dulles Toll Rd./Silver and Orange Metro/VA-7, those that live near and use I-66/US-50/US-29/VRE Broad Run, and those that use I-395/I-95/US-1/VRE Spotsylvania. While D10 does generally capture the west of the Dulles Toll Rd and while does capture some of the I-95 corridor, D10 and D11 split the community using I-66 near (Manassas/Haymarket/Centerville/Fairfax) apart.
As a proud LEESBURG resident, I am INCREDIBLY disappointed to see that we are being placed in District 6. THIS MOVE will NOT align with the values of Leesburg. We are NOT a rural community, a part of the Shenandoah Valley. Our politics far more align with District 10. FIX THIS.
As a Goochland resident, I like this plan a lot for District 7. Western Chesterfield, Powhatan, Henrico, and Goochland definitely fit together as communities of interest.
You got all of the FAMPO region into the same district. Love it!
I live in Loudoun County and want my vote to count there. Leave Leesburg out of election politics.
This map does well to represent Powhatan County. Keeping Powhatan County in the seventh district is consistent with the counties demographics as well as its economic ties to Chesterfield County, Henrico and Goochland.
Leesburg is a part of NoVA and not a part of the rural Shenandoah Valley. This is an attempt at gerrymandering that should not be legal or considered. This is an attempt to disenfranchise the voters of Leesburg by lumping them into an area that ideologically, culturally and socially are different and drowning out their voices. This is not fair.
Steven R Cook
Leesburg should not be in 6, makes no sense. This is not a rural area any more. We are far more aligned with Ashburn socially than the rural west. Not helpful at all.
I support keeping Goochland with its surrounding neighbors of Richmond and Henrico in the 7th District. These are the families that work together and go to school together.
Wendy S. Hobbs
As a Goochland County resident I support the map drawn for Congressional District 7. It makes sense to keep Goochland with the suburbs of Richmond and to add Charlottesville because of Interstate 64. Goochland participates regionally with many of the Richmond suburbs and we should be able to vote on issues we engage and support for the interest of our county. This map makes it possible.
This is a great example of keeping communities with similar needs and interests together.
Absolutely not - Leesburg has little to nothing in common with Shenandoah Valley. Leesburg is part of NOVA with the same concerns as eastern Loudoun County. Removing Leesburg from the 10th will effectively silence the voters in Leesburg.
Leesburg does not belong in the 6th district. While Leesburg is the last sizeable town before you enter into rural western Loudoun County, it is not rural. Many work in Fairfax County or DC, and people in Leesburg share the same concerns as those in the rest of NOVA. Putting Leesburg into the 6th district, a district so far removed from NOVA, will effectively silence the voters in Leesburg. The concerns of people living throughout the Shenandoah Valley are just not similar to people living in NOVA.
TINA A WINKLER
This map correctly represents how we view ourselves in the 7th District. Bringing Charlottesville into the 7th makes sense since it is along the I-64 corridor. Keeping Goochland with Henrico keeps our communities together. I really like this map!
I do not support redistricting Leesburg into the 6th district. Leesburg is absolutely an extension of Northern Virginia and being made even more so given the current development. The interest of the constituents in this area have shifted and are certainly more aligned with NOVA than the Shenandoah region.
This map fairly groups Powhatan County with its central Virginia neighbors, sharing cultural and economic ties to Richmond suburbs as well as the Rt 64 corridor to Charlottesville. This district jurisdictions share the middle James River watershed, an economic and ecological resource. In addition, this fairly drawn district maintains some continuity for Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, as several earlier maps unfairly gut her district.
While Leesburg may be considered the gateway to rural western Loudoun and the Shenandoah Valley, that's where any political similarities end. Leesburg is no longer a sleepy little town, but is one of the economic engines of Northern Virginia, and its interests are certainly more closely aligned with its neighbors to the east.
Philip T Marshall
It is unfair and unwise to use Leesburg as an olive branch to placate any party whos sole purpose is to dilute any other party's base. please reconsider.
Leesburg should absolutely be kept with the 10th. We are clearly an extension of NOVA and and have significantly more in common with that part of the state than the Shenandoah region.
This is a solid map, Western Prince William Eastern Loudoun, and Western Fairfax is a solid outer suburban VA-10. This map ensures a competitive VA-07 and VA-02, allowing for partisan balance fairness and compactness while matching the partisanship of the state. Leesburg being the 6th is not a big deal as while it is growing it matches well with Harrisonburg, Winchester, and other cities.
Candace Loraine Graham
This is the map that the commission should be working with. Leave the 7th district as drawn. It is the only map presented, so far, that maintains communities of interest in Henrico and Chesterfield. Other maps are like the one drawn by the NRRT and appear to be gutting the 7th solely for the purpose of removing a popular Congresswoman.
Leesburg should not be included with even more Shenandoah Valley than it is now. The culture and needs of the constituents in Leesburg is similar to Sterling and not Winchester. Please consider moving Leesburg with other Loudoun/Fairfax areas.
Leesburg should NOT be included in the 6th district. The citizens of Leesburg have far more in common with the rest of the eastern portion of Loudoun than they do with the Shenandoah Valley.
This map, on the whole, does a reasonably job of maintaining the integrity of communities of interest, along with City/County borders. The split in my county, Chesterfield, is sensible, and only divides it into two different districts. It keeps the entire I-64 corridor into one district, which reflects reality in terms of commuting patterns, health care, and entertainment. You could debate whether C'ville should or should not be included (in lieu of, say, Hanover and Amelia, but it is a reasonable choice to make.
The Eastern Shore shouldn't be included with VA2, it should be included with VA1. It's only included to dilute the Democrats in VA2.
I'm disappointed in the redrawing of the 7th district. I once lived in this district...it wasn't drawn fairly then, and it isn't now. Gutting the 7th and absorbing 3 congressional districts isn't proportional. This newly drawn district is newly gerrymandered to exclude Chesterfield and Henrico. Go back to the drawing table and get it right!
I appreciate that this map keeps Tyson's Corner mostly intact and includes us in the Dulles Technology Corridor out to Ashburn, rather than with the lower density community in southwest Fairfax or the inner beltway. However, I'll note that the precinct covering the area around the McLean metro station more rightly belongs with Tyson's Corner than with McLean or Pimmit Hills since this is a high density area centered on the Capital One headquarters, unlike the lower density residential areas beyond there. Also, based on shared interests and transit patterns, for District 10, I would recommend swapping in Leesburg and swapping out the Haymarket/Gainesville area to District 6.
To the commenters: I agree that Leesburg should not be in 6, but FYI this is the proposal from the *Democratic* map drawers.
This map seems to handle Central Virginia very well, but not Northern Virginia at all. I think if you fix Leesburg, and keep Central Virginia, this map could be perfect.
I live in Loudoun County with family in the Shenandoah Valley. Leesburg issues have virtually nothing in common with Valley issues, and Leesburg should not be detached from Eastern Loudoun where it belongs.
This is the fairest possible map. As a Goochland resident, this map keeps most of suburban Richmond whole, and the I-64 corridor forms a community of interest of likeminded voters from Richmond's West End to Charlottesville. Goochland and suburban Richmond should not be split and should not be in districts with counties bordering North Carolina or the Chesapeake Bay.
THAYANNA T Delpesche
In no way is it acceptable to move Leesburg from the 10th to the 6th. This a GOP measure when things don go our way lets shuffle the deck. This should not happen. We are part of Loudoun county.
Of all of the maps I have seen from the commission, this one is clearly the most fair. Democrats have been on the rise in the state, and because of that in a close election there will by 5 republican seats and 6 democrats seats. In addition, I love the combining of Charlottesville and Western Henrico county, two suburban areas that have had their power diluted by surrounding rural areas for a long time.
Shelley F Tamres
Why on earth has Leesburg been split off from Eastern Loudoun County? Leesburg is NOT rural.
Leesburg has more in common with eastern Loudoun than The rural west. I think it should stay part of the 10th district.
Yet again, another play by the GOP to hurt Leesburg - in NO WAY would it be acceptable to move Leesburg from the 10th to the 6th, Loudoun should stay with Loudoun. This entire process is proving that this amendment should never have been passed in the first place, and we should have gone with an out of state 3rd party company. How dare you try to take our town out of Loudoun, and in doing so take away our fairly elected officials.
The main problem, as the commissioners are citing, is the split of PWC and the fact that southern PWC gets lumped in with the eastern shore. But with this excellent configuration of the 7th, this might be unavoidable. There is too much population in NoVA to put it all into 3 districts. So some of it will need to go in either 6 or 1.
This is a fair and thoughtful map. As a Charlottesville resident, I am certain that the city belongs in a district with the West End of Richmond, not the Shenandoah Valley or the North Carolina border. Central Virginia is a real community of interest, connected by I-64 and served by airports, businesses, cultural institutions, and colleges and universities which draw on both urban centers and the areas in between. This is also a map which roughly reflects the statewide partisan balance, as it should.
The main problem with this map is the ugly PWC split and the district 1 finger going in. But with this excellent configuration of the 7th, I think it may be unavoidable. You have too much population in NoVA to put all of it in 3 districts. So some of NoVA will need to go to in either 1 or 6. If not southern PWC, it would be another portion.
This is a fair and thoughtful map. As a Charlottesville resident, I am glad to finally see the city in a district which extends to the West End of Richmond. Central Virginia is a real community of interest, connected by I-64 and served by airports, businesses, cultural institutions, and educational institutions which draw on both urban centers. This configuration makes a lot more sense than putting Charlottesville in a district with the Shenandoah Valley or the North Carolina border. In addition, the statewide district map roughly reflects the statewide partisan balance, as it should.
This is representative of how central Virginia views itself. As a Goochland resident I can relate to each of the counties in this district. I really hope future versions keep this district as is.
Tad J Miller
This 7th District map is the map that Central Virginian's want. It incorporates real communities of interest that make sense to us. It values where we work, shop, get our college education, get our local media from, fly out of airports from, travel by train from and get our medical care from. Our community interactions are East and West between Albemarle County and the West End of Richmond. They are not over the mountains, to our South or North of Charlottesville.
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