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Recommended Revisions to B5 Statewide CDs, VRA Compliant
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Breaking up Woodbridge [a highly diverse and progressive community] in this manner dilutes the representation of people living there, placing many in a rural district for which it has little in common. It being connected to I-95 is not, in my view, a good enough reason to break it off from Northern Virginia, that it is a part of politically and culturally. I would argue Western Prince William would be a better fit in CD-1, as it is more rural and shares aligned common interests with Stafford/Spotsylvania.
This map makes a number of tweaks to B5 to address the comments both on that map and prior versions. In no particular order: (A) Reincorporates Leesburg into District 10, addressing the primary point of the majority of the negative comments on B5, instead moving the northern most tip of Prince William County past Haymarket into District 6 instead. (B) Fine tunes the lines between Districts 4, 6, and 7 to create a second plurality black district in District 4, strengthening compliance with the VRA and more closely aligning communities of interest. (C) Swaps the western half of Patrick county for additional suburbs of Roanoke on the border between Districts 6 and 9, more closely aligning these borders to the Blue Ridge Mountains and keeping communities of interest together. (D) Tweaks the lines between Districts 3 and 4 to make these districts more compact and to split Chesapeake county between Districts 2 and 3 instead. (E) Moves the Eastern Shore into District 1 with which it is more closely aligned culturally, making up the difference in District 2 by extending it to the rest of James City and into New Kent instead. (F) Modifies the boundary between Districts 1 and 11 such that District 1 continues along the Potomac rather than heading inland to Nokesville. These towns fit more neatly into District 1 than the area around Nokesville does since they're linked to Fredericksburg by the I-95/VRE transit corridor. They also fit well into this Tidewater district as riparian communities.
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