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Kenneth Belton
As Chairman of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, we ask that you keep the Mount Rogers Planning District in no more than 2 house districts. We are not alone in this request as the other planning districts in SWVA have asked for the same thing in their written comments. We understand our communities of interest and respectfully ask that you please read the comments submitted to this effect from the 3 PDCs in SWVA.
William Shepley
Every planning district in SWVA is asking that you keep them within a single house district if possible. In the Mount Rogers District, we are asking that you have only 2 house districts inside the entire planning district. This keeps our natural communities together much better than your nested district concept and will allow us to focus on common goals as we continue to work together as one region.
Susan
Please place all of Roanoke County, Roanoke city & Salem in as few House seats as possible. The Valley is a key metro area with less in common with eastern Montgomery & Franklin counties. Minimize the addition of other localities by making as compact as possible.
Linda L Knowlton
The 71st district as drawn here has Providence Forge grouped with the community of Williamsburg. This makes no sense to the people here, we do not feel affiliated by services, schools, or resources. The WJCC area is much more a part of Hampton Roads. Williamsburg should be added back to the 69th. These two communities of Williamsburg and JCC are totally merged and intertwined. Thank you!
Elizabeth Wilkins
Please keep Williamsburg with the rest of the Historic Triangle - no reason to carve it out. Goucester should not be in the 69th.
Linda L Knowlton
In the 69th District, where I now will live, part of Gloucester should not be included with the Williamsburg-James City County community. Gloucester is a wonderful community, but the two communities do not identify closely with one another at all in terms of services, resources, etc. This seems very ill advised and some might suspect gerrymandering. There seems no logic for this. Williamsburg should be in the 69th, with JCC. These two communities are closely intertwined, the same communities. They also identify heavily with Hampton Roads, not Richmond. The community referred to as Grove, which is and integral part of JCC, should not be split off. What is the reason for this. I thought that the spirit of Virginia 2021 was for an end to gerrymandering by either party, and for the people to benefit from our free and fair elections. To put Grove in a different community group smacks of antiquated practices. Let us all move forward fairly and together. Thank you!
Mary E Cottrill
This process is very hard to follow - why not a simple response format. You seem not to want people to notice the new lines, since you put close colors (light purple next to a shade darker purple). Hard to know if you validated your email or not
Dale Wimberley
Why the odd map that puts Blacksburg in HD41, and Radford and Christiansburg in HD42? Blacksburg and Radford City in particular are joined by multiple communities of interest that call for putting them together in a single House district. In the old HD12, Radford and most of Blacksburg were in the same district for sensible and still-valid reasons (though some other aspects of that district were troublesome). Blacksburg and Radford are college towns - small towns dominated by large universities - hosting Virginia Tech and Radford University, institutions with continuing close connections originating more than a century ago. A public bus system connects Blacksburg, Radford, and Christiansburg, and people use it. In a given household, it’s common to have one person working at one university and another working at the other, like some neighbors around the block from us here in Blacksburg (he works at Radford, she works at VT). At a bare minimum, because of their similarities as college towns including long-term resident populations that tend to have similar educational backgrounds and similar economic and cultural interests, as well as large student populations that shouldn't be divided, Blacksburg and Radford should stay in one House district together. Many Christiansburg households are directly tied to one or both universities as well. Blacksburg voters’ interests certainly will have little chance to be represented in the House with the currently proposed districts. As L G Hincker aptly commented on the Senate maps, the proposed Senate maps “as well as the proposed house districts simply carve up the various Montgomery County population centers and toss them into far flung rural districts.” Cardinal News editorialist Dwayne Yancey has written that the proposed House and Senate district maps in our area of the state reflect a process where the Special Masters started drawing districts on the other end of the state and, left with some odd options by the time they reached our part of the state, made a real mess of the districts here. Certainly in the Montgomery County, Radford, and Roanoke area, we are getting leftovers - messy leftovers - for districts. I realize the Special Masters had a big job to do in little time, but this outcome just isn’t acceptable. I urge the Supreme Court to get it corrected. As part of the correction for House districts, at a bare minimum Blacksburg and Radford need to be put in the same district, preferably including Christiansburg too.
Mary E Cottrill
The only good thing is you kept Williamsburg as a city together, but other than that this is terrible. Is this to give Tommy Norment CW as he always wanted? The 70th makes no sense with a sliver of NN. 71 st splits up historical communities and areas covered by joint services such as WATA busses etc. Please rethink.
Parks Smith
Having Walton Park as an appendix for this house district does not make sense. Neighbors who live across the street from each other will be in different districts. While similar neighborhoods and constituencies to both the east and the west of the neighborhood will be in HD73. Why is Walton Park continually a convenient appendix for gerrymandering? It is a similar story currently with Senate District 11 and this is just a very similar case. Please let us vote with our neighbors on local issues that this position will entail.
Robert Craig Knowlton
Williamsburg should be included with JCC, the area functions as one and uses all the same services and resources. Williamsburg and JCC identify as part of Hampton Roads, not Richmond, Gloucester or Providence Forge. The community identified as Grove is an integral part of the WJCC Community.
Pat Baldwin
I think that Radford, Christiansburg, and Blacksburg should be considered a community of interest.
Elizabeth Harris
Regarding House District 94 in Norfolk, subtract the neighborhood across Lafayette River and add Northside/Crossroad area, which would better represent this part of the city.
David L Fenimore
I support the need for redistricting. But, it is a serious mistake to move the area between Route One and the Potomac River (to the East of Ft Belvoir) to a new district (District 19). This area is adjacent to George Washington's Mt. Vernon Estate. Many neighborhoods actually are part of the original estate. The two main roads through the area are the "Mt Vernon Memorial Highway" and "Old Mount Vernon Road." Washington's original Grist Mill (part of Mt Vernon Estate) is in this area. The current proposal ignores the common interests and issues this area shares with District 16! The public school for our children is Mt. Vernon High School (in District 16). Our shopping, our churches, our community organizations are primarily centered in District 16. Please consider moving this area (to the east of Ft Belvoir) back where it belongs, District 16.
Tina B Tapp
I have lived in Radford, VA for over 40 years. I am very concerned about this map, as I feel like for the past 40+ years I have been a part of an area considered The New River Valley. I teach in Radford, but my step daughter attends New River Community College, which also meets in Christiansburg, VA. I attend many events and participate in many groups that are in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. When looking at Radford, you can't ignore the interconnectedness of these areas together. There are many people who live in Radford and work in Montgomery County, as well as many people who live in Montgomery Country who work in Radford. It would be a tragedy to split these areas. The needs of Radford, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg are often very different than some of the more rural areas. We want a delegate who can really represent our specific needs more accurately.
Fredrika J Teute
Separating Williamsburg (in #71) from Grove, lower James City Co violates the coherence of the communities and their shared needs and uses of public and social services and interests. Reunite Williamsburg with its neighbors in common.
Robert Craig Knowlton
The proposed 71st includes communities from Providence Forge to Williamsburg. Williamsburg interacts and relates far more closely to the 69th and Hampton Roads. To continue with this redistricting concept would ignore the realities of the situation.
Jay Bredbenner
I am very concerned by the redistricting of the House of Delegates District 72. While it is bad enough that the northwest corner of Chesterfield County (i.e., Midlothian/ Robious Road corridor) is carved off from the rest of Chesterfield County, to make matters worse, it is grouped with three rural counties, Amelia, Nottoway, and Powhatan, which I believe share few of our priorities and needs. I feel this impacts Midlothian disproportionately in two key ways: we are no longer grouped with the similar (i.e., suburban/urban) areas of Chesterfield County, Henrico County or the entire area of Greater Richmond, and our voting power is overpowered and effectively muted by that of the rural communities. As the father of two students in Chesterfield County Public Schools and a former teacher (outside of Virginia), I am concerned about the impact this map would have on the education of my daughters and other children in our community. As a middle-aged resident, I'm also concerned about the potential negative impact on public services, infrastructure, and health care in our community. Please reconsider this redistricting map so that our community is aligned with other communities which are more similar.
Teagan P Crane
I'm a student at NRCC and I live in Radford, but go to school in Christiansburg. I feel that the communities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford are very interconnected, and should share representation and exist in the same district as one another.
Ha Nguyen
Please consider keeping Centreville intact in one district. Many communities of interest living in this area (generations of immigrants and small minority-owned businesses) would like their voices to be heard instead of being divided into two different districts.
Patricia Pacifico
As a resident of this area, I do not believe that Williamsburg should be separated from lower James City County. We are part of this community that shares a great deal of infrastructure, services, and history, which we do not necessarily share with Richmond.
Robert Craig Knowlton
The localities of Williamsburg and James City County function greatly as one community. They rely on many of the same services, facilities, and resources. Grove is definitely part of this community. To carve it out and replace it with Gloucester, which has very minimal impact and relevance in this community, would be unwise and counter-productive. Thank you.
Moira P Baker
Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford constitute a compact community of interest, united by shared educational, cultural, social, and economic institutions. A resident of Radford for almost 40 years, I taught at Radford University, collaborated with colleagues at Virginia Tech and New River Community College, shopped in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, attended cultural events in Blacksburg, enjoyed dining and entertainment in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, relied on public transportation between Radford and Christiansburg, etc., etc., etc. These three locales are woven together by complex and deep cultural, economic, educational, and social relations. They belong in the same district rather than split apart. In terms of preserving a "compact community of interest," it makes better sense to include Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford in the same district.
Jonathan Petters
Radford, Blacksburg and Christiansburg are connected socially, culturally, and economically, and should not be in separate House districts. Both Radford and Blacksburg contain world-class universities, and many employees at both Radford and Virginia Tech live in the three cities. Splitting these towns up does a disservice to their residents' representation in the House of Delegates.
John Gregoire
1. Williamsburg has been separated from lower James City County, including Grove. The history of African Americans in the Historic Triangle links the City and Grove. For that reason, they should not be separated. 2. Lower James City County and Williamsburg rely on many of the same services in the Williamsburg area, such as transportation, healthcare, and social services. 3. The 69th district picks up a small portion of Gloucester. This is a very different community and should be part of a district that is on the other side of the York River with the rest of Gloucester County. This makes no sense and should be removed from the 69th district. 4. The new maps put Williamsburg in the 71st District, which runs all the way to Providence Forge. Williamsburg has always been part of Hampton Roads. This puts Williamsburg with other communities that extend up into the Richmond area instead of keeping it with other Hampton Roads communities. This needs to be rectified and remain in the Hampton Roads geography. To make this make map more balanced and fairer, it is my recommendation to add Williamsburg back into the 69th and remove the portion of Gloucester from the 69th. Looking at the redistricting map of Va. overall at the federal congressional level , there are several glaring deficiencies, including- The December 8 Map fails to achieve population equality while fully abandoning a modest change approach. The December 8 Map appears to impermissibly use race as a predominant factor. The December 8 Map fails to respect communities of interest. I believe the Farkas Map accounts for Virginia’s population changes while ensuring compliance with federal and Virginia law. The Farkas Map provides equally apportioned districts that are compact, share common community interests, and protect the voting power of Virginia’s increasing racial and ethnic minority populations, consistent with all applicable laws and legal precedent. The Farkas Map achieves the goals that are more fully and consistent than the Special Masters’ December 8 Map. It is my recommendation to use the Farkas Map as a template moving forward in this process. The Virginia Supreme Court has an opportunity to come up with a plan for redistricting that will be a beacon for the rest of the country to emulate. Do not waste this opportunity or fall short of your responsibility to do what is best for this great state. Thank you, John Gregoire Toano
Moira P Baker
Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford constitute a compact community of interest, united by shared educational, cultural, social, and economic institutions. A resident of Radford for almost 40 years, I taught at Radford University, collaborated with colleagues at Virginia Tech and New River Community College, shopped in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, attended cultural events in Blacksburg, enjoyed dining and entertainment in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, relied on public transportation between Radford and Christiansburg, etc., etc., etc. These three locales are woven together by complex and deep cultural, economic, educational, and social relations. They belong in the same district rather than split apart. In terms of preserving a "compact community of interest," it makes no sense to draw artificial boundaries that ignore the myriad shared interests and deep connections among these three locales.
Brandon R. Boyles
The proposal for House District 46 separates out the City of Galax from it's neighbors to the West of Grayson County, and other localities in the Mount Rogers Planning District. Each of the Counties and Independent Cities in the MRPDC share common strengths and weaknesses which make it imperative to have common representation in Richmond. Often times the local governing bodies who make up those localities in the MRPDC bind together to have a stronger voice when advocating for the needs of their constituincies. Currently, the City of Galax and Grayson County is well served, as are the other Counties and Cities in the MRPDC. Dividing those districts up, and creating new lines among a demographic that likely has not changed in decades, would do more harm than good. Creating district lines where the MRPDC is together as much as possible would result in our area being best served. Furthermore, creating lines where current representatives would be removed from communities where great accomplishments have been made, and replacing them with people who have no connections or relationships with community stakeholders could be harmful to our area. I would ask that, as it relates to redistricting the City of Galax and Grayson County, that these issues be taken into consideration. Thank you!
Kay F. Edge
Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford constitute a community of interest deserving of proper representation. I live in Radford, work in Blacksburg and I shop, socialize and attend religious events in Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford.
Meredith Baker
Once again, upper NW Midlothian is grouped in with overwhelmingly rural areas, diluting their interests. These children attend RVA metro area schools, are part of the greater RVA transportation network, and have increasingly diverse populations. It is hard to see how their interests will be fairly represented by a delegate under this arrangement.
Andrew Crane
It appears that the communities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford are being deliberately divided in this proposed map. This is completely unjust considering the close social and economic ties these communities share. There are students in each of these localities that attend school in another due to the presence of two Universities and a community college. There are people that live in one and work and worship in another. We in Radford have interests in common with residents of both Blacksburg and Christiansburg that might be different from the interests of those living in more rural communities. Carving this area up as is currently proposed suggests that those common interests are not worthy of common representation. This very much looks like nobody in these communities had a seat at the table while making this map and therefore our voice in the future will be divided and diluted.
Horace Stanley Bolding
I currently am a resident of James City County and in the 96th House District. If this version of districting is approved, I will be in the 71st HD. As I view the map of the 71st, I am appalled and flabbergasted. How could any one come up with such a convoluted district. It will drive election officials in several jurisdictions crazy and increase the likelihood of voters voting in the wrong district. In the proposed new districts, a portion of the southeastern part of James City County is in the 69th HD. My comments in the 2nd paragraph above apply not only to the 71th, but to the 69th as well as to the majority of the remaining districts contained in the entire purposed House District map. It is time to go back to the drawing board one more time and design a map that contains house districts that contiguous, compact, and follow naturals boundaries which meet the ideals of a good redistricting map.
Vicki Phyllis Tolbert
Radford, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg are connected geographically, economically, and socially. We all consider ourselves citizens of the New River Valley and should be kept together as a community of common interest. We should be represented by the same Delegate who understands our intertwined community. Personally, I live in Radford, shop in all three cities/towns frequently. My place of worship is in Blacksburg and I worked for over 20 years in Blacksburg. I attend many events, including at both of our universities, Radford University and Virginia Tech. I belong to groups that include members from all three of these municipalities. Please keep us together, so we can be represented appropriately.
Lindsay Barna
The City of Williamsburg should be included with HD 69. Williamsburg shares social services, court system, and other essential services with those communities in HD 69. To place the City of Williamsburg in HD 71 will potentially harm the community and services that the city relies upon. Separating Williamsburg from lower James City County also ignores a long history of cooperation within the area. Williamsburg is a growing more urban community that would be better served if included in HD 69 with similar communities such as lower James City County and Newport News.
Marguerite J Wiese
I live in Braddock District, and have been very active in the community for years. Wakefield precinct has always been part of Annandale and should be included in HD14, which shares the same school-attendance pyramid, and especially does not divide the elementary school-attendance area of Wakefield Forest (includes Chapel precinct, in HD14). Including Wakefield precinct with HD14 would further unify the Annandale census-designated place and ZIP-code. It would not upset the majority-minority composition of HD14, nor would it affect Senate district boundaries.
Terry Michael Hatfield
District lines should be drawn to create boundaries that are “compact and contiguous” — establishing common bonds within each district for the most effective representation of its citizens. But the proposed map for House of Delegates District 69, separating the City of Williamsburg from Lower James City County would break longstanding associations of these areas in terms of history, transportation, education, business and communications. These two neighborhoods should NOT be separated in your final map. They should both be a part of the Hampton Roads delegation and be planted together in the new 69th District. Thanks for your consideration, Mike Hatfield James City County
Aaron Yohai
Move Monument, Centerpoint and Penderbrook precincts into SD36 and HD10 to preserve their connection with nearby Eagle View precinct, because all four precincts share strong commercial and cultural ties, as well as shared transportation needs, with Centreville down Routes 66 and 29. The malls of Fair Oaks and Fairfax Corner are significant to western Fairfax County, and under this plan would be separated from them. Route 608 West Ox Rd is also a unifying transportation thoroughfare for these communities, connecting them to south county via Route 286 Fairfax County Pkwy, giving them more in common with SD36 and HD10. This change improves the compactness of SD36, improves minority representation in diverse HD10, and for both House and Senate districts forms a neat and well-defined border with Fairfax City to the east.
Marguerite J Wiese
I have lived in Robinson precinct for nearly 20 years. The census-designated place of Kings Park West (Robinson and Laurel precincts), and neighboring Sideburn and Bonnie Brae precincts have more in common with the GMU-Fairfax City area than Centreville or Clifton. They should not be divided, and instead be represented by 1 delegate and 1 senator in the same district as GMU and Fairfax City - HD11 and SD37.
Moira P Baker
Radford, Christiansburg, and Blacksburg constitute a community of interest, united by their shared economic, educational, and cultural institutions. The educational and cultural resources at the three higher education institutions in this community are mutually beneficial to each institution, and residents of each locale benefit from--and contribute to--the vitality of each institution. These three locales thrive in a vital symbiotic relationship that should be reflected in the electoral districting.
Aaron Yohai
I grew up in this Truro subdivision in Annandale, and attended K-12 public schools here. Wakefield precinct should be included in HD14, which shares much of the same school-attendance areas, and especially does not divide the elementary school-attendance area of Wakefield Forest (includes Chapel precinct, in HD14). Including Wakefield precinct with HD14 would further unify the Annandale census-designated place and ZIP-code, with which it shares many commercial and cultural gems of the region, including NVCC Annandale campus and the myriad independent and minority-owned small businesses in central Annandale. It would not upset the majority-minority composition of HD14, nor would it affect Senate district boundaries.
Erin Joyce
Lower James City County should not be separated from Williamsburg-it's all one community!! We have a lot more in common with the city than with the rest of the county and we share resources, so please keep the two together. In addition, Williamsburg should be part of Hampton Roads. And communities on the other side of the river should remain together.
John Davis
Please do not take Williamsburg out of District 69. And please do not make District 69 jump across the river to Gloucester, it's a different community!
Aaron Yohai
I lived in this community for many years as a young adult. The census-designated place of Kings Park West (Robinson and Laurel precincts), and neighboring Sideburn and Bonnie Brae precincts have more in common with the GMU-Fairfax City area than Centreville or Clifton. They should not be divided, and instead be represented by 1 delegate and 1 senator in the same district as GMU and Fairfax City - HD11 and SD37.
Matt Rowe
As the mapmakers did for the congressional districts, you should consider renumbering these districts to its closest counterpart on the current maps. It would make discussion of these districts much easier.
Matt Rowe
Midlothian has nothing in common with the majority of HD72 as depicted here. You've lumped in two vastly different communities that with constantly be at odds with each other over the 10 year life of this district. Please consider a complete redo of this area.
Brittany Rose
I have mixed feelings about the proposed maps for the House of Delegates where I would be drawn into district 57 comprised of part of western Henrico and eastern Goochland counties. On one hand, I appreciate that the court’s proposal would not split up the significant Asian population in my area of Henrico as the current maps do and as many of the commission’s proposed maps would have done. One the other hand, I have a concern about how the western portion of Henrico County has been split into four separate districts – two (HD58 and HD80) are comprised of just Henrico residents. In the other two proposed districts, including mine – HD57 and HD59 – parts of western Henrico County are paired with neighboring rural counties. As with the proposed congressional districts, I feel that my community in western Henrico County has been split apart primarily to add population to surrounding rural counties instead of respecting our collective community of interest in Henrico.
Matt Rowe
These neighborhoods near Bragg Road should be in HD65. They have far more in common with Fredericksburg than Orange County.
Matt Rowe
These neighborhoods near Harrison Road east of I-95 should be in HD65. They have far more in common with Fredericksburg than southern Caroline County.
Aaron Yohai
Please keep Burke Centre united by including Fairview precinct in HD 15 and SD 35. I am a resident of this community, which includes three precincts (Terra Centre, Fairview, and Burke Centre) all in the same census-designated area, ZIP code area, and homeowners association. Please preserve the quality of our representation with 1 delegate and 1 senator only, by not dividing us. This map places Fairview precinct in a different House and Senate district, and this should be corrected.
Andrew Michael Rose
Williamsburg should remain in the 69th district due to long historical ties to Hampton Roads. It should not be separated from the other Hampton Roads localities. And the Gloucester portion now added to the 69th should be removed, as this area is not a cohesive part of the existing 69th communities.
Mary Alice Barksdale
Radford and Blacksburg represents a compact community of interest and need to be in the same district. This New River Valley (NRV) community work collaboratively in many ways throughout every year, both university related and local town related. There is no logic to a separation of the NRV.
Alan Rodrigo Vargas
It appears that the goal to have equal representation is coming at the cost of coherent boundary placements. I'm not aware of an effort to discuss the goals of the new districting with Virginia residents, but it may go a long way to make an effort to have a conversation with your constituents. This could be done through more proactive checkpoints of feedback prior to the next released draft. That way you can demonstrate that you took the concerns of Virginians and did something with that rather than focus on metrics alone. If you've already done something like that, there needs to be greater improvement.
Sophie Geyer
Splitting Cardinal precinct from Irving and Keene Mill precincts splits multiple residential streets. These precincts should be kept together as Fairfax County recently recognized.
Michael V. McClary
Locally, in past elections, the Town of Culpeper and Culpeper County have had 16 different ballots because of the way the county has been split up among 3 Senate districts and 2 House of Delegates districts. It creates a nightmare for our Registrar of Elections every time we go to the polls. In this iteration, the planners had the good sense to put all of Culpeper County into one Senate district. They should do the same for the House of Delegates. The Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers form natural boundaries of a single community of interest, and that is the Culpeper County community that surrounds the town of Culpeper. That’s where we all go to shop, dine, and participate in community events and recreational opportunities. We share many common holidays and celebrations with Madison and Orange, often participating in each other’s events. It would make more sense to me to include the entirety of Culpeper County in the new House of Delegates District 62.
John Leonard Whitley
The City of Williamsburg is an integral part of Hampton Roads and should remain as such, especially configured most closely with James City County and marginally with Upper York County. From SB 941, The Tommy Tax, to other legislative and administrative interconnections to support economic growth, Williamsburg must remain so configured. Also, consider these points:1. Williamsburg has been separated from lower James City County, including Grove. The history of African Americans in the Historic Triangle links the City and Grove. For that reason, they should not be separated. 2. Lower James City County and Williamsburg rely on many of the same services in the Williamsburg area, such as transportation, healthcare, and social services. 2. The 69th takes a head-scratching jog across the York River and picks up a small portion of Gloucester. This is a very different community and should be part of a district that is on the other side of the York River with the rest of Gloucester County. 3. The new maps put Williamsburg in the 71st District, which runs all the way to Providence Forge. Williamsburg has always been part of Hampton Roads. This puts Williamsburg with other communities that extend up into the Richmond area instead of keeping it with other Hampton Roads communities.
Virginia Wertman
Including a small portion of Gloucester in District 69 disenfranchises that small group of Gloucester voters who have much more in common with their northern Gloucester County neighbors than they do with the York County residents on the south side of the river. Including this section of Gloucester also violates good redistricting practice by not observing natural boundaries and unnecessarily splitting communities of interest. A way to resolve the population loss from moving Gloucester Point out of the 69th is to move Williamsburg from the 69th to the 71st. This would recognize the longstanding history that links Williamsburg residents to residents of Grove. The loss of population in the 71st could be made up in part by moving the strangely shaped "boot" in the 60th that borders Providence Forge into the 71st.
Robert Kaplan
These comments pertain to proposed new districts 69 and 71. For 69: 1. Williamsburg has been separated from lower James City County, including Grove. The history of African Americans in the Historic Triangle links the City and Grove. For that reason, they should not be separated. 2. Lower James City County and Williamsburg rely on many of the same services in the Williamsburg area, such as transportation, healthcare, and social services. 3. The proposed new 69th crosses the York River and picks up a small portion of Gloucester. This community is very different and should be part of a district that is on the other side of the York River with the rest of Gloucester County. For the 71st: The new maps put Williamsburg in the 71st District, which runs all the way to Providence Forge. Williamsburg has always been part of Hampton Roads. This proposed district puts Williamsburg with other communities that extend into the Richmond area instead of keeping it with other Hampton Roads communities.
Faye S Curren
40 including the City of Salem should include more southern Roanoke County rather than stretching from Glenvar over to Hollins
Howard D. Belote
Having served as vice chair of the Virginia Beach Electoral Board for the last year, I implore the special masters to eliminate split precincts on all maps. During both the expanded early vote period and on Election Day, split precincts inject an unnecessary element of human error into the process. Quite simply, it's far too easy for a conscientious election official to provide the wrong ballot to a voter. With careful attention to detail along the edges of the districts, we can eliminate this source of error.
Harmony Dalgleish
Williamsburg has always been part of Hampton Roads. Putting Williamsburg in the 71st inappropriately puts it in a more rural area and separates it from all the shared services in the southern part of James City County. This map needs to be redrawn to put Williamsburg back with Hampton Roads communities.
Harmony Dalgleish
The 69th district as drawn separates Williasmburg from Grove and Hampton Roads. This makes no sense! The history of African Americans in the Historic Triangle links the City and Grove and they should not be separated. Lower James City County and Williamsburg rely on many of the same services in the Williamsburg area, such as transportation, healthcare, and social services. Why does the 69th as drawn jog across the York River and picks up a small portion of Gloucester instead of including Williamsburg?? This is a very different community and should be part of a district that is on the other side of the York River with the rest of Gloucester County. The 69th district needs to be redrawn to include Williamsburg.
Phyllis Berg
While I thought the redistricting of Congressional District 5 was problematic, I was distraught by the redistricting of the House of Delegates District 72. Not only is Midlothian separated from the rest of Chesterfield County, but it is aligned with three rural counties, Powhatan, Amelia, and Nottoway, with whom there are almost no similarities of interests and needs. I feel this impacts Midlothian disproportionately in several ways: 1) we are no longer identified with Henrico County, Chesterfield County or the entire Greater Richmond Area, 2) our voting power is overwhelmed by that of the rural communities. Having grown up in a rural, farming community with a population of less than 700 residents, I am acutely aware of how vastly different are the needs and interests of rural areas from those of suburban communities in health care, education, public services, and infrastructure. I strongly believe that including Midlothian with the rural communities will dilute the effort of both areas to advocate for the needs of their community. I entreat you to reconsider this redistricting map to better align communities with those of like interests.
Cynthia Chappelka
Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford form a community of interest. Very importantly, there are two major universities and one community college that share students, research, and programs. Transportation is a major issue for communities, and the NRV towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, and the city of Radford share needs and challenges in car, truck, and bus transportation as people commute for jobs and school. Blacksburg does not have much if anything in common with rural Craig and Roanoke Counties. They are not New River Valley communities, but Blacksburg is a very important part of the area. Blacksburg citizens deserve to be represented with Radford and Christiansburg as one district.
Christine Ann Payne
I urge you to reconsider the configuration of HD 69. The Historic Triangle is its own Community of Interest as each of its localities share unique tourism tax revenue, economic interests and a tourism workforce. When first responders, such as fire, EMS and police require additional personnel, the “mutual aide” call goes out to Williamsburg from James City County. The reciprocal is also true. The city of Williamsburg and the people who live, work and learn therein contribute to the community. Williamsburg residents identify with the rest of the lower Peninsula, certainly not with Richmond or its suburbs. The City of Williamsburg, therefore, belongs in the 69th district, along with the rest of James City County. In the interest of maintaining district contiguity, drawing the small part of lower Gloucester makes no sense as it contradicts this established criteria for drawing district lines. Gloucester Point identifies with and is a member of the Gloucester/Matthews community and therefore belongs with the Middle Peninsula. Please pay particular attention to the way the current map disenfranchises the Grove Community and lower James City County. The students who live in Grove attend WJCC public schools. Most of the services families who live in Grove and lower James City County are accessed by the local public transportation system, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority, including WIC services on Ironbound Road, Social Services on Olde Towne Road and physical, dental and behavioral health services, from Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center, also on Olde Towne Road. Additionally, many Grove residents are a part of our hotels and restaurants workforce for Colonial Williamsburg. The City of Williamsburg and Grove Community are integrally connected and should not be divided.
Dianna BRichardson
Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford constitute a community of interest. In terms of transportation, people use the roads and bus service for both employment and educational purposes. Blacksburg and Christiansburg are now almost one massive community along US Route 460 Business. The three institutions of higher learning in the three communities work synchronously and share personnel, research, and students. Separating Blacksburg from the other communities will divide the essence on the NRV. Blacksburg has much more in common with the other two towns than it does with rural Craig and Roanoke Counties. These communities deserve to be represented together as one district.
Betti H Cushing
The City of Williamsburg should be part of the 69th district along with James City County, not in the 71st district. Williamsburg and James City County share a court house, share school buses, and it makes absolutely no sense to separate it from JCC. It has always been part of Hampton Roads, and now it is being separated and sent to join the Richmond area. I am against this kind of political manipulation and want to see Williamsburg and lower James City County, including the Grove remain in the same district, District 69. Also, I disagree with crossing the York river and including a small portion of Glouster in District 69. This can only be seen as a political move by politicians that want the district to favor one political party over another. I am opposed to these changes.
Renee Boyle
Falls Church City encompasses a 2.5 square mile area. Yet its residents pay mightily to maintain its independent school district and own local government. We have more in common with Fairfax County. Please reconsider this map and allow us to maintain our strong civic identity by including our small city entirely in one district.
John Mabie
I grew up in Blacsksburg, went to VA Tech, married a girl from Radford, moved to Radford over 40 years ago. From what I have read regarding the definition of "communities of interest", Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford, are a literal example of a community of interest. To separate Blacksburg from the other two flies in the face of working to preserve communities of interest.
Pete Godston
Given the new 27th HOD district is small (-2k) and the 28th is a bit large, seems at least part of Dulles Town Center ought to be carved into the 27th.
Carolyn Debra Hill
The City of Williamsburg should not be part of the 71st. It should be in the 69th. Williamsburg should not be separated from lower James City County, including Grove. The history of African Americans in the Historic Triangle links the City and Grove. Williamsburg has far less in common with the boundaries of the 71st and far more in common with the 69th. Lower James City County and Williamsburg rely on many of the same services in the Williamsburg area, such as schools, transportation, healthcare, and social services. Also, it makes no sense to cross the York River and put a small part of Gloucester County in the 69th. Gloucester County should stay intact and not split Gloucester Point into the 69th.
James C Graham
Keep Williamsburg in the same district as the rest of the Historic Triangle sites. The needs of this tourist community require a representation undiluted by rural concerns in order to maintain this important economic contributor to Virginia.
Camilla Marie Buchanan
The city of Williamsburg belongs in the 69th house district with Hampton Roads not in the 71st house district, which is primarily a rural district more closely aligned with greater Richmond metropolitan area. Williamsburg, of course, is the site of Colonial Williamsburg. The other tourism sites in the Historic Triangle are all in the 69th district. Splitting Colonial Williamsburg out of this district is a disservice to this important cultural resource and economic engine. Finally, going across the York river to add a small tip of Gloucester County goes against the idea that natural geographic boundaries should be honored and countries should not be split unnecessarily.
Jessica Hughes
With James City County having to be taxed with the special assessment tourism tax that was forced upon us by representatives our area has more in common with City of Williamsburg and York County. There is nothing to be gained by dumping City of Williamsburg, parts of York County and James City County in with New Kent County and Charles City County. It is obvious that the only consideration given was to try to scoop up major population areas to offset the low population found between JCC and the suburbs of Richmond. Please keep our residents grouped with other residents that have similar tax structure, industry, business, health and education needs.
Linda Benner
Please keep Williamsburg in HD 69 together with lower James City County and other Hampton Roads communities that share common services and interests. Please remove part of Gloucester from HD 69 since it should be with other communities on that side of the York River with which it shares common services and interests.
Beth and Douglas Campbell
put Mount Vernon back together. WE are part of the orginal land for Mount Vernon. Our children go to the Mount Vernon School Pyramid. WE don't have anything in common with Kingstowne. We are Mount Vernon Strong
Beth and Douglas Campbell
we live in Mount Vernon. Our children go to Mount Vernon Pyramid schools. WE should not be in the same district as Kingstown. How crazy is this. Put Mount Vernon District back together!
David Feldman
Please move Williamsburg into the 69th. That is its natural home, together with lower James City and York. Remove Gloucester, which belongs together with other areas north of the York river. Putting Williamsburg in a district that stretches across the rural landscape to eastern Richmond is totally ridiculous.
Rosaly Kozbelt
The City of Falls Church should not be combined with Arlington. Our water system is linked with Fairfax. Our schools sit on Fairfax land. We have our own unique interests. Our district lines should not be changed.
Nicholas Carpenter
It is my recommendation that Norfolk's proposed 94th District not cross over the Lafayette River. That part of the city would fit better in one of the other districts.
Judith Gardner Salzman
Williamsburg should be added back to the 69th District for several reasons. First, the proposed change separates Grove, an African American community, from the city with which they traditionally share many services such as transportation, health care, and social services. This appears to be a blatant attempt to dilute the impact of the Black vote. In addition, Williamsburg has much more in common with other Hampton Roads towns such as Newport News rather than Richmond and its surrounding towns. Finally, please realign the small part of Gloucester back across the York River since it has a closer geographic and social affinity with the rest of Gloucester than with Williamsburg.
Ernst peter vollmer
Return City of Williamsburg to the 69th District and remove the portion of Gloucester back across the York River. We are “part” of Jame City County and Hampton Roads as is Grove - NOT the Richmond area
Joyce Major
As a resident of Western Henrico in Glen Allen, I strongly object to how your proposal for our district is being redrawn. Our district is clearly suburban, central Virginia and yet this map draws us into largely rural counties out to the Eastern shore. The Richmond suburbs of Henrico and Chesterfield share economic, social and cultural ties that should not be split. We work, live, receive health care, municipal services and play in this central Virginia area that encompasses Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond. The new maps dilute the Richmond suburbs into 3 separate districts, removing our voting power and voice. This map does not allow us to be accurately represented and seems like a way to increase population in one district for another, disparate portion of the Commonwealth. The Richmond suburbs of Henrico and Chesterfield share very real and tangible connections - economically, socially, through public transportation infrastructure and in many more ways you have been hearing about. I support the Farkas Congressional maps that have been proposed as it recognized central Virginia as a region with shared interests - particularly with the east/west orientation of CD7 as they have proposed compared to the north/south orientation of the current CD7 or the effective quartering of the Richmond region in the court's draft maps. Regarding the state level redistricting, I am concerned how the western part of Henrico County has been split into 4 separate districts where two of them -HD57 and HD59 - where parts of Western Henrico are paired with neighboring rural counties. Again, it seems that my community has been split apart primarily to add population to surrounding rural counties instead of respecting our collective community of interest in Henrico.
Anna Whetsel Rucker
I have lived in Radford for majority of my life. I have a small business and serve families all over the New River Valley. It would be a negative shift for me, my family and the families I serve, to separate Radford and Blacksburg.
Ronald L. Riffle, Jr.
I live in Chesapeake, but the 92nd splits Chesapeake up. I think it will be difficult for the Delegate to represent the area due to the lack of common issues from my neighborhood to the Ghent area of Norfolk. This district seems to be centered more on Norfolk and the Delegate will have to focus on Norfolk issues. My family and I will be under represented along with our neighbors. Poorly drawn.
Abigail Nguyen
Falls Church should be the center of a district just like we currently have it.
Jason Davis
The city of Radford should be combined with an intact Blacksburg and Christiansburg in all new districts. These areas have similar, almost indistinguishable, economic and cultural concerns that strongly differentiate them from other nearby communities. Splitting them across districts makes no sense and fails to represent these areas appropriately.
Janet Marion Hahn
The urban/ university communities of Radford, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg operate as one combined area, with residents of one community commonly working in or with the others. This should be reflected in redistricting maps.
Charles Kugler
Montgomery Count is excessively gerrymandered. Note for example, the miles long sliver of red Montgomery County along the New River surrounded by blue. Why? Radford, Fairlawn, Christiansburg & Blacksburg have common interests and goals in developing a transportation systems and tourism in the New River valley.
Michael Gropman
The Burke Centre Subdivision, under the proposed map is in two House of Delegates districts, It should be under one House of Delegates district.
Pieter Buning
District 69 should not include part of Gloucester. This does not make sense geographically or by local government.
Cheryl Sim
I have no particular concern about how Falls Church City fits into this effort. However, the area along Haycock Road that borders the West Falls Church Metro property ought to be placed in district 6 with other Falls Church/McLean Fairfax County (vice Falls Church City) locales whose children attend the McLean HS pyramid of schools.
Mike
Potentially moved from a far more strongly economically diverse district (old 13/currently Roem) into the rural half of old 51? Challenge accepted. Hope we can get enough successful, college-educated IT personnel to flip this inevitable red starter.
Michael Scardo
It strikes me as strange that Blacksburg would not be included with Radford and Christiansburg. The aforementioned communities are all closely connected both economically and socially. The proposed districts, as they are currently, do not reflect that. IF it is not possible to include all 3 communities in the same district, it seems a better fit would be to have the district include Radford & Blacksburg. Both communities are centered around a university and have the same needs in common when it comes to supporting their respective student populations.
Sabina U Joe
In exalting spatially compact polygons as a hit or miss criterion for cutting up my state house district, the Draft Plan seems to gerrymander significant single-family residences OUT of my small-town-urban COI (Fairfax City, GMU, Oakton, Vienna with our shared parks, town festivals, regional library, Metro station and Beltway access magnets, senior service areas) and into less diverse, more suburban draft districts...and I presume my next Draft Dist. 11 delegate might turn my area into a transient rental and service hub for the suburban bedroom communities so that our current small-town festivals will disappear altogether for lack of a committed permanent residential population that calls my present COI "home." Hasn't the USA seen such an urban decay story before? Let's keep our COI diverse and mixed residential to support small-town-Life.
Darren King
It makes no sense to include this part of North Stafford with the district to the north in PWC. We would be a little island unconnected to those to the north of us above Quantico which is in between. I have never seen my house delegate once in this part of Stafford County or never will if it stays the same.
Carlota Blackburn Schone
We have more in common with the people in Newport News than in Richmond and, certainly, Gloucester. Please keep us in same district as Grove, your proposed District 69.
Nicholas Quint
It makes much more sense to keep Blacksburg and Christiansburg in the same district. The two are very intertwined with a lot of employees of Virginia Tech living in the Christiansburg area. Most people experience these two towns as one because of shared services
Caleb Rogers
Williamsburg is more economically in line with the southern portion of Hampton Roads across tourism and employment. Historically speaking, as well, this would separate a portion of the "Historic Triangle" from others. Our three jurisdictions are constantly in touch around regional initiatives, so a boundary by House Districts does not make sense.
Sean Polster
Please keep Fauquier County whole. These two localities do not create synergy and do not share the same vision for growth and economic development. Coupling Western Loudoun with Clarke County (just as Route 7 does) makes more sense.
James O Icenhour Jr
The city of Williamsburg should be put back into the 69th district. By removing it you have cut the major concentration of black citizens in the city and lower James City County in two and diluted their impact. Also, remove the cross river part of Gloucester County from the district. It is an obvious "gerrymander" that crosses a natural boundary.
TBVA
I can't bear the thought of Del. Simon moving to a different district. He is responsive and knows Falls Church inside out. Why should be have a new person that does not know our community like he does.
Al Ablowich
When the General Assembly passed a redistricting bill as a result of past census, small corrections could be made by revising or amending the original bill. Once ground truth has been observed for all districts, there may anomalies in the boundary lines that should be corrected. (e.g. boundary lines drawn through apartment complexes; new residential construction on current vacant land) Will there be a procedure established to correct or adjust boundary lines after the Supreme Court has approved the maps? If so, what is this process and who will promulgate the directions for its use?
Joshua Munn
With the exception of Lake of the Woods, the portions of 63 that are in Orange county share almost no affinity with Spotsylvania or Fredericksburg but are very closely tied to Culpeper and Orange. To separate them from Orange and Culpeper in this manner is to effectively disenfranchise us as our votes will be drowned out by people with completely different concerns and priorities.
Martha Howard
Williamsburg is in Hampton Roads; Gloucester is on the Middle Peninsula. It is hard to see this redrawing of District 69 as anything other than an attempt to make sure this area swings to the Republican candidate every time. Please do NOT support this unfair reshuffling.
Pam Pettengell
Separating Williamsburg in 71HD from the rest of Williamsburg and lower James City County (including Grove) in 69HD makes no sense and is a detriment to our community. We have a common history, common needs and rely on many of the same services. Putting part of Gloucester into 69HD also makes no sense. Gloucester County is a very different region of the state with very different interests and needs. Put Williamsburg into 69HD and take Gloucester out. Otherwise, this appears to be a gerrymandered plan.
Will Pace
Overall, House District 48 is a decent House district as it keeps the towns of Chatham and Gretna and their communities of interest intact. However, as mentioned on Wednesday by Hurt Mayor Gary Hodnett, the town of Hurt and its communities of interest are not intact as the town of Hurt is not in House District 48 with Pittsylvania County’s other two towns of Chatham and Gretna and their respective communities of interest. Instead, the town of Hurt as well as it's precinct is in House District 51, which contains Campbell County and Southern Bedford County. The town of Hurt, located on the northern tip of Pittsylvania County and is in the Hurt precinct. Hurt's communities of interest include Motley, Renan and Sycamore. These three communities are in House District 48, unlike Hurt. Hurt shares many similarities and interests with the rest of Pittsylvania County. The mapmakers appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court placed the Hurt precinct, which has a population of 3,288, into a House district that contains Campbell County and southern Bedford County (House District 51). I understand that the mapmakers used a 2.5% deviation, but as they stated in their memo, the deviation can go as high as 5% (the Redistricting Commission drew maps that had a 5% deviation). According to the proposed House district maps developed by Dr. Grofman and Mr. Trende, House District 48 has a deviation of -2.17% while House District 51 has a deviation of -0.61%. By adding the Hurt precinct into House District 48 and not touching any other parts of House District 48, the deviation becomes 1.64%. Removing the Hurt precinct from House District 51 and not touching any other parts of House District 51, the deviation becomes -4.42%, outside the 2.5% deviation set by the mapmakers, but within the required 5% deviation. It is possible to add the Hurt precinct into the House District 48 and out of House District 51 without deviating outside of the required 5% deviation. I hope that the Hurt precinct can be added into House District 48 as it will keep the towns of Hurt, Gretna and Chatham as well as their communities of interest intact.
Arthur Knight
Please put Williamsburg into 69, where it much more properly belongs. Both historically and in our present it connects much more to communities down the peninsula rather than up toward Richmond.
Flourette Ketner
Montgomery County is too broken up with this map. My community includes Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Riner and even includes the City of Radford. These are all within minutes of my house and I spend much of my day through them all on a regular basis. Having so many different delegates is weakening the voice of my family. I shouldn't have to reach out to so many different people to address our needs in order to be heard properly in Richmond.
Casey Whitmarsh
As a business owner in Lorton; I find it confusing why such a niche community is being broken up. I feel that it will take years to recover. Breaking the momentum currently established to better the area (with all of the organizations collaborating for a better future) is a horrible idea. I urge you to reconsider!
jeffrey hinkley
Removing Williamsburg from HD 69 is a transparent gerrymander. Schools, transportation, and history all tie Williamsburg to the rest of the Peninsula. The snippet of Gloucester added to 69 cannot possibly be justified by logic. Geography and common interest require that Gloucester not be carved up that way.
Gregory H Brandon
It appears that the Special Masters have split Fairfax County's 317-Westhampton precinct between proposed House District 6 and 12. I abhor split precincts and I don't like a cavalier attitude that the localities can heal them by creating additional precincts. Such healing can result in precincts with as few as 400 registered voters while the sister precinct has maybe 1,400, as an example. It also puts the onus on localities to find polling locations and recruit, train, and staff additional Election Officers.
Julie D. Stern
Splitting Westhampton Precinct between the 6th and 12th Districts makes no sense. This map reflects no understanding of the greater Falls Church community.
MARGARET S WHITEHEAD
I have previously indicated that Williamsburg & JCC belong with the HD 69 for the vast number of similar issues but also because they are members of the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority which means different sales tax, and different issues of transportation. Inclusion of the small sections of Gloucester ignores the natural divide (river) and also ignores the complete lack of common issues and problems
HT
I have lived in Williamsburg now for over 5 years (both as a W&M undergrad, now law student, and possibly beyond). The idea of removing Williamsburg from the 69th district and JCC is a completely wrong decision and is absolutely absurd. From my time in Williamsburg, it is clear how integrated Williamsburg City and JCC are to one another, from being able to see it first hand through working with the school system, to just seeing it socially in the residents and its people. There are various commonalities between the two that are simply not shared amongst other areas that would possibly be merged with. The obvious underlying notions of attempting to make this change are clear and we are aware of them and it is disappointing to see leadership trying to take such deceiving methods to achieve said goals.
Mallory Washington
Splitting the 98th and 99th District at Norfolk Ave and Mediterranean Ave seems arbitrary. The Resort Area is a community of interest and is arguably one of the most well-defined and recognized communities of interest in Virginia Beach. North Beach, South Beach, and Rudee precincts should be grouped together.
Mallory Washington
This part of the 97th District separates the 99th District into two completely separate geographical areas. Functional contiguity is possible for this district and should be reflected in the new 99th District.
James Angel
This is not what I voted for when I supported the proposition. This map with all of its little gerrymandered salients makes little sense. The proposed districts do not respect the sense of community and neighboring concerns that we residents have. Please go back to the drawing board and give us districts that have some sense of contiguity and community. I'm in proposed District 14 which sprawls far to the south. It will be hard for any delegate to properly represent this area.
Betsy Dennis
Please keep all of Roanoke County together instead of broken into pieces. It's confusing for residents at voting time, and does nothing to keep like communities together.
Maia Wilson
I attend William & Mary and live in JCC. This placement of Williamsburg is incorrect. It should remain in HD-69. Take Gloucester out of HD-69. We can clearly see that attempts to make more blue leaning Williamsburg more red. You're not slick, and we're not dumb.
Clare Britcher
This comment relates to the proposed 69th District. We lived in Southern York County for sixteen years before we moved to Upper York County fourteen years ago. We now have a Williamsburg address, yet still live in YC. James City County, Williamsburg, and York County (and Poquoson, which identifies with YC) are called "The Historic Triangle" for a reason. Gloucester is not part of this community. In fact, Gloucester is only accessible by crossing a toll bridge over the York River. Furthermore, we consider our Cities to be Hampton Roads. My husband works in Norfolk, and many people who live in the Triangle work in Hampton (NASA, Langley AFB, Ft. Eustis, etc.) When we want to shop or "go into town" we go to Hampton or Newport News. Richmond is a different urban area, about 60 miles northwest.
William P Turpin
I agree with so many other comments, Blacksburg & Christiansburg and the surrounding area should not be split up he way this map indicates. Looks like a divide and conquer move on someone's part??
Lucia Vinciguerra
This is absurd! You cannot separate Williamsburg City from all of James City County -- we even share a school system. We should also be included with upper York County, which is also considered Williamsburg. All of Williamsburg City and James City County are part of Tidewater Virginia -- we have nothing in common with areas to the west. We should be combined with Newport News and Hampton, at the very least -- "the Peninsula"
Maloni Wright
I am a full time resident of Williamsburg and have lived in the area for several years now. It seems absurd that Williamsburg would be removed from the 69th district and be separated from James City County. Firstly, James City County and Williamsburg City residents share a school system and and are closely linked as one community. On the other hand, residents of Gloucester are in an entirely separate bubble with vastly different concerns than that of Williamsburg and James City County. This restructuring seems to be a blatant attempt to opposing opinions given the voting tendencies in the localities. It really makes me question those we've placed in a position of authority.
Michelle Chan
Hello, as a former Asian and Asian American community organizer (formerly working with ACE Collaborative and New Virginia Majority) who has worked in Arlington County for two years, I would like to say that I do not approve of the boundaries of House of Delegates Districts 3 as it is currently drawn because it divides a section of north Alexandria City from the rest of Alexandria City as a whole and it adds it to Arlington County instead. The constituents of North Ridge, Alexandria are primarily low-income, working-class Black and Brown people and they would be better represented with their own city and not with Arlington.
Karen Fischer
Keep VA Tech and Radford U in ONE Delegate district. They together have a huge student and faculty population and need to have maximum influence in the House of Delegates. They themselves are a community of interest. By dividing them, you would dilute their influence in the House of Delegates. Further, Radford, Christiansburg and Blacksburg are ONE extended community. We are linked through transportation services, employment, shopping, and cultural events. I live in Blacksburg and frequently go to Christiansburg and Radford.
Joseph Tennant
I dislike how my my neighborhood sits at the corner of 3 districts despite how much those proposed districts feature in our daily lives. We shop, spend time in, and depend on people in 25, 19, and 23 and are very much part of the same community. I don't see how my home is served by being lumped in with Mason Neck, which no disrespect intended is a place I've never been and never interact with. Woodbridge/Dale City should be kept together and not cut into a weird hodgepodge with a small nose snaking around the boarder of the districts.
MARGARET S WHITEHEAD
It does not make sense to divide JCC and Williamsburg from the 69th. There is no reason to combine them with Gloucester since they have mostly different issues to contend with.
Gary Stephen Cusack
I do not understand why Phoebus is split. All of Phoebus should be part of the 86th District
Gary Stephen Cusack
The inclusion of a small part of Gloucester County makes little to no sense.
William David Bestpitch
District 38 follows precinct lines in the City of Roanoke except it splits the portion of the Summit Hills precinct south of Shenandoah Avenue into District 40. Please keep this precinct entirely within District 38.
Alan Stark
Adding Williamsburg to the 71st district makes as much sense as adding it to the 53rd district. Our area is tied much more closely with the Hampton Roads area than Gloucester, so this proposed redistricting is absolutely ludicrous for either Williamsburg or Gloucester. This attempt at redistricting appears to have been made strictly as a partisan move or else someone arbitrarily tossed a dart at the map. This truly needs to be reconsidered and changed.
Dean Allen Ablowich
When the General Assembly passed a redistricting bill as a result of past census, small corrections could be made by revising or amending the original bill. Once ground truth has been observed for all districts, there may anomalies in the boundary lines that should be corrected. (e.g. boundary lines drawn through apartment complexes; new residential construction on current vacant land) Will there be a procedure established to correct or adjust boundary lines after the Supreme Court has approved the maps? If so, what is this process and who will promulgate the directions for its use?
Terry R Head
Breaking up District 8 and particularly the Lorton portion of South Fairfax County into potentially three different delegate districts is very problematic and diminishes the continuity of the community which has only gained its prominence and voice over the last ten years.
Denise Koch
Williamsburg should be included in the 69th. Williamsburg should be included with James City County as they are communities of interest with a joint school division and other common agencies.
Nina Marie Basciano
As a full time resident of Williamsburg I find this newly proposed districting map to be unacceptable. Most residents here are tied to the southern tip of James City County, along with Yorktown and Newport News for our daily activities. We should be represented by a delegate who represents our daily lives not just the hours we are home sleeping. I strongly recommend you put Williamsburg back in the 69th and not in an area we share very little of our daily lives with.
Aaron Robertson
Obvious ploy to strip rural folks from Dinwiddie, Prince George and Surry of any political voice. Inner city residents in Petersburg and Hopewell have very different concerns and priorities than those of us whose voice this map attempts to strip of agency. Densely packed city residents have so little in common with those of us in the rural parts of this district and yet will be given much more say. Once again, our Commonwealth makes it clear that the area below the rivers is an afterthought.
Norm O. Verlander
The boundaries should be adjusted to use Armstead Avenue in Hampton as a border between proposed district 87 and 86. I find the map for the 87 acceptable for the exception of carving out my neighborhood, which is surrounded by district 86. Also Bethel area of York County is better connected with district 87, unless adjustments are made.
Steve Gerus
Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford constitute an obvious community of interest. People commute from one place to the other for educational and employment purposes. We even have a bus system that connects Blacksburg and Christiansburg. And the Radford Army Ammunition Plant near Radford employs people who are from Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford. We're communities with shared values and interests. We deserve to be represented together as one district.
Denise Jean Thomas
As a new resident of Williamsburg, I find the proposed changes do not reflect reality. I identify with the areas I most use, and that is Hampton Roads/Newport News. It makes the most sense to remain in the 69th District.
Bonnie A Beckett
The general division of Arlington makes sense with the following exceptions. The Falls Church section belongs with Falls Church and doesn't want to be included with Arlington. Same with the small section of Alexandria. If you need to add some population, adding a bit of McLean just north of Arlington would make better sense. The Columbia Pike area and South Arlington deserve cohesive representation, and there seems to be strong support for the Ballston/apt/condo dweller population to have its own representation.
Joseph Upadhyay
Williamsburg and James City rely heavily on the same resources and largely act as one community. As I am originally from the Richmond area and currently go to William & Mary, I can confidently say that Williamsburg is not part of the greater Richmond Area, but rather is part of Hampton Roads, along with James City, Yorktown, and Newport News. This should be reflected in its districting. Also, Gloucester belongs in the 68th district with the rest of its county. Put Williamsburg back in the 69th, and leave Gloucester out of it.
Erin Sullivan Munsell
Yet another supporter of keeping Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Radford together. The New River Valley towns have much more in common with each other than Roanoke Valley. And are the "Urban Centers" for this region.
Kenneth Blakely
This chunk of Gloucester should not be in the 69th district. Keep Gloucester with Gloucester
Margaret Mary Willingham
Please reconsider and allow the City of Falls Church to remain aligned with its neighboring areas in Fairfax County rather than Arlington.
Jennifer Boykin
As a community of interest, Isle of Wight has absolutely NOTHING in common with City of Suffolk and City of Franklin. Isle of Wight should ABSOLUTELY NOT be split down the middle!! I have never heard of splitting a small, rural, farming locality in such a manner. Please leave us alone!
Jackson Thomas
As a current and continuing resident of Williamsburg, this proposed map is directly opposed to the shared interests of Williamsburg and lower James City County. These two communities rely on each other for coordination among many government initiatives and agencies, and they share many of the same resources like Transportation and Health Care. Additionally, by splitting Williamsburg from Hampton Roads, the map takes a longstanding history of these two vital areas sharing the same district, and instead splits them apart to what will almost surely be negative repercussions across the communities. These two areas are far more alike than Williamsburg and the proposed addition of Gloucester. Therefore, I ask that Williamsburg be added back to the 69th district and remove Gloucester from the district.
Nancy Sorrells
Additional examination of the enlarged District 35 and 36 maps raises even further concern. District 35 has NO cities – Staunton and Waynesboro are stuck into District 36 and Harrisonburg in Rockingham County is in 34. Why would you separate the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro from Augusta County when, in reality, they are tied together with many of the same concerns and issues and yet the southern third of Rockingham is roped in with the rural areas of Augusta, Bath, and Highland, but severed from Harrisonburg? This does not bode well for the agricultural communities of the Shenandoah Valley that have long-standing relationships with the cities within their counties. This map serves to fragment something that in reality is a rural landscape and agricultural economies that are inextricably linked together. The economies of the cities and the counties that are tied together as the agricultural center of the state will now be pulled in different directions and will potentially be represented by individuals with different issues and concerns than what the agricultural community wants and needs. Why can’t you remove the Rockingham section in District 35 and replace it with the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and southeastern Augusta County?
Nancy Sorrells
I live in southeastern Augusta County. As a former elected member of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, I am very, very concerned about a critical error on this map. You have placed a tiny amount of southeastern Augusta County, much of it National Forest, into District 36 (light green), while the rest of the county is in District 35 (in pink). Why would you pull out members of our community and stick them in with disparate communities with which we have no affiliation? The rest of District 35 includes the majority of Augusta County, all of Bath and Highland, and the bottom third of Rockingham and yet you could not include the tiny, lightly populated area in the southeastern part of the county. It does not make sense. You are yoking together most of Augusta’s communities with those in western Rockingham and southwestern Bath, places with which Augusta has no affiliation whatsoever, and yet you are tearing out a few tiny communities in southeastern Augusta County from the rest of the county? By doing do you are dividing people within the same school districts and within the same magisterial districts. Individual Augusta County Board of Supervisors members will have to work with two different General Assembly Delegates within their single district. How are the citizens supposed to have their concerns heard and understood when they are dealing with two different individuals. Please redraw the line to include all of Augusta County in one district. Make our county whole again.
Quynh Nguyen
Many neighborhoods that are known by Vietnamese Americans to have high numbers of our community are rightfully grouped together by District 13, but Eden Center and the apartment complexes directly north of it are in District 1. Please keep our iconic Vietnamese American community hub together with where we live in high concentrations! I'd remove this area enclosed by E Broad St, N Roosevelt St, Wilson Blvd, and the line designating Arlington from District 1 and add it to District 13.
Susan Laume
Have heard that map proposals were drawn without any consideration of incumbent delegates and that many are now paired. I'm concerned about the huge loss of experienced delegates. Certainly incumbents should not be the primary consideration, but it should be a part of the consideration. Also wondering if police districts were considered since Fairfax County police districts are under review; also existing county government buildings
Susan Laume
Eliminate District 15 hook ; expand List 17 to include west to I-95; Dist 18 cut section East of I-95; Burke/Springfield/W Springfield have business assoc. & sense of community but not into Clifton and those areas west and south of Springfield.
Matt Lawless
Staff entry on behalf of Scottsville's mayor and vice mayor. This map splits the Albemarle and Fluvanna portions of the Town of Scottsville. For such a small town as Scottsville, this is unreasonable, and the law would better support maintaining the entire town in one district. Please consider assigning the small Fluvanna portion of Scottsville to the same district as the larger Albemarle portion. Our zoning map, attached, shows the land in question. Thank you.
Jonathon Wright
Districts 72 and 73 might be better configured as 73 being entirely in Chesterfield, but including all of Midlothian. Meanwhile, 72 should include the more rural parts of Chesterfield (Winterpock, Cosby, Magnolia, Skinquarter precincts and portions of Woolridge necessary for population deviation) that are more alike the other localities in the current configuration like Powhatan and Amelia.
Robert B. Crawford
Re House districts: Avoid splitting Montgomery County in half if possible. At least, keep Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg together as they are closely tied socially, economically, commercially, geographically and historically.
Abby Garber
Breaking up the Falls Church community into four districts will deprive the little city and surrounding areas of adequate representation in the Virginia House of Delegates. I urge you to reconsider.
Naomi Gale
I am writing as a concerned Williamsburg resident and W&M student. This is a bad idea and I disagree with these proposed changes
Haley Meyrowitz
As a William & Mary student and resident of Williamsburg, I am concerned with this proposed map. To me, this is a bad idea.
Lacretia Louden
I am frankly frustrated that York County is once again split between multiple delegate districts. The two Masters drawing the new districts should note that the laws of the Commonwealth are different for counties and cities. Please make an effort to place counties together that are similar, Pairing York County with Newport News(District 69) and Hampton(District86), rather than James City and Poquoson should be examined. Newport News and Hampton based districts should absorb proposed District 69's portion on Newport News.
Victoria Morales
Hello, as a current William & Mary student and future New Kent resident I am extremely concerned with the proposed maps. As someone familiar with the New Kent area because I will be moving there starting the new year, there is nothing in common with this area and Williamsburg. The economies and the cultures of these two areas are far from different. Williamsburg shares more in common with the Hampton Roads area and should not be separate from parts of James City County. I interned for both JCC and Williamsburg and the two are very much interconnected. They mutually function together and rely on the same resources to help their communities. This split would have a horrendous effect on the residents and businesses of the area. We should be working to make this Commonwealth and this governmnet as supportive towards its residents as possible, not hurting them.
Jake Mathews
As concerned W&M student and Williamsburg resident I want Williamsburg back with Hampton Roads and within the 69th district. Williamsburg is a part of Hampton Roads community.
Owen Williams
As a student at William & Mary I am extremely concerned with how these proposed maps affect the Williamsburg area. Separating Williamsburg from parts of James City County as well as entirely from Newport News does not significantly protect communities of interest on the lower peninsula. Williamsburg is intrinsically tied to Newport News and ought to be represented as such. We are much more connected to Newport News in terms of economies, and ought to be connected to the eastern end of the peninsula.
Allison Dorsey
As a geology student at William and Mary, I am concerned that my campus will not be included in the region of Hampton Roads if the map remains the way I see it now. Williamsburg does not have the same issues as the rest of the 71st district please include Williamsburg in the 69th district.
Randall Riffle
I live in the newly built Kelton Station apartment complex with over 400 eligible voting residents. Many of my neighbors and I are concerned about the main portion of Williamsburg not being included in the 69th district map. We feel as if we will be forgotten because Williamsburg has always been part of Hampton Roads. This puts Williamsburg with other communities that extend up into the Richmond area instead of keeping it with other Hampton Roads communities.
Dustin Curtis
I think the Dawn and Wood precincts should be flipped. The demographics of the Dawn precinct much more comparable to the Sparta area represented in the 67th. Meanwhile, the demographics in the Woodford precinct are much more comparable to it's neighbors in the 66th and the dawn precinct is Additionally, this minor change would line up the maps more accurately based on the current parameters for redistricting. Thanks.
Dustin Curtis
I think the Woodford and Dawn precincts should be flipped. The demographics of the Woodford precinct are much more comparable to it's neighbors in the 66th and the dawn precinct is much more comparable to the Sparta area represented in the 67th. Additionally, this minor change would line up more smoothly based on parameters for redistricting.
James A. Channing
Oh, for the love of Pete! I'm in City of Falls Church. You couldn't keep City of Falls Church with the rest of Falls Church? And what happened to Merrifield? Now City of Falls Church is part of Arlington? My map doesn't even include places I actually GO! I don't even buy my GROCERIES in my own district anymore!
Josiah Toepfer
Excellent job on population parity. This map must be taken in conjunction with the State Senate Map as it allows/forces the Falls Church region to work with its surrounding communities to affect progress while also allowing the area to potentially have multiple representatives in the state legislature advocating for it.
Herb De Groft
1. House of Delegates proposed districts 83-84 do a significant disservice to the citizens of our county of Isle of Wight. We are a single "community of interest/purpose, contiguous and compact". Please keep Isle of Wight in one District. 2. We were Congressional District 4 for decades. Then in 2011 a demographer of questionable objectiveness reached across the James River and pulled us into the urban cities district that were north of the James , a totally partisan move. Now you want us to be south of the James and pulled into the urban areas east and south of us, w/ whom we have next to nothing in common. A good computer Whiz could likely input data into a program that would crank out a solution that to the greatest extent possible would keep integral local governmental units together. Please try it. Thank you. Have a blessed Christmas and lookin' to a better 2022 !
Colleen A Woodard
The new maps put Williamsburg in the 71st District, which runs all the way to Providence Forge. Williamsburg has always been part of Hampton Roads. This puts Williamsburg with other communities that extend up into the Richmond area instead of keeping it with other Hampton Roads communities.
Colleen A Woodard
1. Williamsburg has been separated from lower James City County, including Grove. The history of African Americans in the Historic Triangle links the City and Grove. For that reason, they should not be separated. 2. Lower James City County and Williamsburg rely on many of the same services in the Williamsburg area, such as transportation, healthcare, and social services.
Emmett Robbins
Will Pace is the GOP mayor of Chatham who may have plans to run for delegate down the line and would personally benefit from being in a "safe" district. Our districts should be drawn by citizens NOT self interested politicians who will take away a voice from black residents for their own gain.
Paul Schray
Keep Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon!
Steven Guy Sharp
HD-71: Williamsburg should not be separated from Lower James City County. In fact, Upper James City has less in common with New Kent than it does with Williamsburg and the rest of the County.
Steven Guy Sharp
I do not agree with the proposed boundaries of HD-69 -- it looks very gerrymandered and brings in a part of Gloucester County which has not relation or interest in Williamsburg/James City. This will not be an easy district for the Delegate to represent, having so many disparate elements.
Melanie R Williams
Please keep James City County and Williamsburg together. Do not add Gloucester to this mix!
Janet Collins Demiray
Patrick County is a community of interest with Henry County and Martinsville, in terms of economy, planning district, transportation, education (shared community college and public library system). There is much less communication and interchange with counties beyond the Blue Ridge, like Carroll County, although there are some shared tourism interests (e.g. Floyd Fest) with Floyd County. A district of all of Henry County, city of Martinsville and all of Patrick County would be ideal size and represent a true community of interest and would be more competitive between the two parties. The proposed map splits Henry County again, which is a negative, given that Henry County is the economic engine for this mini-region.
Carolyn Rude
Districts 41 and 42 should be reconsidered to keep Montgomery County's two towns (Blacksburg and Christiansburg) connected, preferably with Radford. That curious separation of the towns looks like partisan gerrymandering.
John Kent "Jack" Trammell
I like the overall 59th drawing--but why the little snake going south below Trevilian???
Will Pace
Danville City and Martinsville City should NOT be placed in the same House of Delegates district as these cities and their surrounding areas are NOT communities of interest (COI). Putting the cities of Danville and Martinsville in the same House of Delegates district will split their respective communities of interest and will create a Gerrymandered House District. Martinsville's COI are Chatmoss and Collinsville. A Gerrymandered Danville City-Martinsville City House District will keep Chatmoss and Collinsville outside of a House district with the City of Martinsville, and will keep Danville’s COI of Keeling, Kentuck, Laurel Grove, Mount Cross, Mount Hermon, and Ringgold outside of a House district with the City of Danville (Danville's communities of interest are kept intact as shown in House District 49). The Redistricting Commission was created to keep communities of interest intact and avoid the creation of Gerrymandered districts. Creating a Danville City-Martinsville City House District will result in a Gerrymandered and non-compact House district that will split communities of interest. Finally, leaders in Danville and Martinsville have stated publicly that these cities should not be placed in the same House of Delegates district.
Julie Shortridge
I disagree with Blacksburg and Christiansburg being split like this. I live in Blacksburg but have so many ties with other folks in Christiansburg - our kids play on the same sports teams and league, we work together, we serve in the same organizations. We are certainly a single "community of interest", much more so than the rural communities that these existing maps group us with.
David C. Perry
Please do not continue the division of the City of Roanoke amongst two delegates.
Mary Minor
The removing of a small portion of Gloucester from the to make up for moving Williamsburg into 71 disrupts two communities of interest Hampton Roads for Williamsburg and remaining Gloucester for the small portion.
Nicholas Robbins
Why is Blacksburg & Montgomery county being split in two? Blacksburg & Christiansburg, are culturally and economically distinct from the surrounding areas. There constitute a 'community of interest' we need representation that is aware of the needs of these communities, and not several delegates who can ignore us. Even if Montgomery can't be all one district because that district would be too large, then it makes more sense to group the more rural parts of Montgomery with some of the rural counties adjacent to it, rather than split the Towns apart. Please keep Blacksburg & Christiansburg as one district.
Carl E. Zipper
Can the mapmakers please consider maintaining the greater Blacksburg area within the same House district, a district that combines greater Blacksburg with Christiansburg and Radford? The Blacksburg/Virginia Tech area is split by both the proposed Virginia House and Senate maps - and by both current maps. Virginia Tech, as a University community, as an employer, and via the multiple businesses that it has spawned is a primary economic driver for Montgomery County and the surrounding region. It would be preferable for the maps to maintain the Blacksburg/Virginia Tech community of interest within the same House district. Splitting the Blacksburg area among two House districts dilutes our political influence. The Blacksburg area shares a community of interest with Radford as University communities, and with both Christiansburg and Radford due to multiple economic and social ties. The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area is the most populated area in the state south and west of Roanoke. Why is this area's political influence being diluted so consistently via legislative district splits?
Lori Silverman
I'm very concerned about the new district for Falls Church City. As a resident of this City, I'm concerned that we will be an "after-thought" if we are combined with such a large jurisdiction like Arlington County. Secondly, as a small jurisdiction, we need to be kept in a single district. Finally, the business and community development in Mosaic, Merrifield, and Idylwood affect us more than any development in Arlington.
Mary Ann Moxon
Why is a small portion of Gloucester in another district? The residents are an entity and should be together in ONE district.
James William Sanderson
The Hampton Roads area should not be separated from Williamsburg. The historic ties, community services and demographic concerns all argue against this seperation.
Lynn Griswold
Williamsburg should not be separated from lower James City County, including Grove, as they share many human services, such as healthcare, transportation and social services. The history of African Americans in the area must also be considered; the Historic Triangle links the City and Grove. Further, Williamsburg is considered part of Hampton Roads and should not be included with communities that extend up to Richmond.
John Eastman
Pairing the city of Falls Church with Arlington will mean we will be an afterthought of our delegate. We need to keep a district centered around Falls Church.
Christopher L Rumsey
Including Williamsburg in the 71st make no sense. It belongs in the 69th. It is part of the Hampton Roads community. Including the portion of Gloucester in the 69th appears odd... looks like gerrymandering.
Andrew Rankin
Under the current map I think Falls Church garners an appropriate amount of attention and consideration relative to the rest of the people in our district and the issues we face are pretty similar to those of the other parts of our current district. Moving the City of Falls Church into a district with a large section of Arlington County is likely to create less synergy and more divergent issues and I think it would not be a good fit.
Stephanie Lowenhaupt
I am in the 54th District, however part of my community in Key West is in the 55th. I urge to move the line slightly to include all of Key West in the 54th district instead of splitting up our community.
Erica Christ
I echo numerous comments regarding dividing the Mount Vernon/Fort Hunt communities in our representation. District 16 is a community of interest spanning from Belle View to Fort Belvoir. Please reconsider the boundaries between Districts 16, 17 & 19 and take into consideration the communities of interest located here. This is a dilution of voters/community members who share similar concerns surround the GW Parkway and Route 1 corridor. Help us join concerns with both sides of Route 1 in our neighborhood/community.
Albert M. Saibini
This District is an obvious attempt at gerrymandering together the Republican majority in North Stafford with the Democratic majority in eastern PWC. Both would be better served by joining them with their respective counties.
Daniel Maliniak
I don't understand why Williamsburg has been moved out of the 69th district given its obvious shared community of interest with Hampton Roads and the rest of the historic triangle. I would add it back in and move the part of Gloucester back out.
Carola Haas
The lines splitting Montgomery County seem very bizarre. I understand it's hard to get the numbers right, but as a Riner resident, I have more connection with Radford and Christiansburg than Blacksburg (although I do work in Blacksburg) and almost never interact with folks in Roanoke County, but I would be in a district only with Blacksburg and Roanoke County. If Montgomery County can't remain intact because our population is too high for a single House District, why are we adding some of Roanoke County? If we have to split the county, it makes more sense to me to move the eastern Montgomery residents into a district with Roanoke County residents, as those folks do often commute to Roanoke and shop in Roanoke, whereas those of us in the rest of the county tend to be much more connected to Radford, Christiansburg, and Blacksburg. I don't understand making a district with those of us in southwestern Montgomery, Blacksburg, and Roanoke County.
Marianne Burke
I wonder why three closely situated small urban communities associated with universities are not in one House district? Radford, Blacksburg and Christiansburg should be considered a single community of interest. Why are they situated in two districts with rural areas that are very different culturally, socially and economically?
Marianne Burke
It id important to keep the Route 1 Corridor between Alexandria and Lorton intact as a cohesive community. This community has its own challenges with a high minority population and many low economic community members. They need to be in one district to have a voice. This plan is a great disservice to this community because it is now divided into 4 House districts -- 5, 16, 17 and 19. Please put this community in one House district.
Rebecca Francese
The new 86 district should not completely split Hampton to include Poquoson and a small segment of York County. The demographics between Poquoson and York County are more similar and should part of the same district. Tax bases and local funding priorities are completely different between York County, Poquoson and Hampton. Hampton neighborhoods and York County neighborhoods should not be split and communities should remain in the same district so that the delegate can best represent the specific needs of their constituents. It makes more sense to include a portion of Newport News with Hampton than the small segment of York County
Kathryn Krentz
District 92 should be nudged north to the Hampton Blvd bridge to include the Larchmont and Edgewater neighborhoods. The residents in these neighborhoods have more in common with the people who live between them and downtown Norfolk than with the people who live in Ocean View or neighborhoods surrounding the Navy base.
Chris DeRosa
It looks like the city of Alexandria is split into 3 different House districts. Is there a way to minimize that split into just 2 districts? One part of the city can be adjoined with EITHER Arlington OR Fairfax County; but not both.
Monique Raulston
I would like to see Dale City in one District instead of divided between 24 and 25.
Chris DeRosa
This is the City of Falls Church. (in purple, included with North Arlington in HD 1). It should be recognized as an independent city/Community of interest. It is accurate to say that beyond the city of Falls Church is the Falls Church area of Fairfax County - Falls Church/Fairfax County is divided into 3 House districts (12, 13, and 4). (
Bernie Nunez
James City County , especially the lower part, shares a lot of services with Williamsburg. They should remain in the same district. Also, why would you stretch the 69th across the York River to grab a piece of Gloucester which has very little in common with the rest of the 69th. Olease fix this.
Andrew N Felice
Mt. Vernon should NOT be detached from the rest of its surrounding communities. Mt. Vernon should NOT be included in a district with Prince William county.
Mary Ellen Cullom
The 69th district should include Williamsburg and not Gloucester. Williamsburg is part of Hampton Roads and shares similar concerns and services with James City County not Richmond.
Caroline Wright
Falls Church City part of Arlington?! We should really be together with the broader Falls Church Area (In Fairfax County). The developments that take place in Merrifield, Mosaic, and Idylwood affect us far more than whatever is going on in Arlington. Please put us back together!
Theresa Cavanaugh
Williamsburg is part of Hampton Roads, not part of the greater Richmond area. It belongs with James City County, as we share many services. Please put us back together.
Caroline Cross
You are literally proposing to move the Mount Vernon Estate out of Mount Vernon. District 16 should contain all of Mount Vernon (including the Westgate neighborhood)
Sharon Beach
Please leave the 69th and 71st districts alone. JCC and Williamsburg are compatible and use facilities and public transportation from one entity to the other. We do not share the same ideals as Gloucester or Richmond. We need to stay in with the Hampton Roads communities. Thanks!
Laura A Sonnenmark
Do you all have a vendetta against Westgate precinct and the home of George Washington? Don't we all belong together in Mount Vernon?. This is our community. Our kids go to school together. This is where we worship, shop, dine, visit parks, etc. We share common interests and concerns that we don't share with people south and west of us. Which you should have known if you had bothered to learn anything about our Mount Vernon community. We absolutely object to Westgate being shoved into District 19.
Nicole Medrano
I strongly oppose the proposed redistricting of the small subset of the Mount Vernon community. This change splits our community in two and disregards the affected neighborhood's inherent interests in our local community. We live on the original Mount Vernon farm, our children go to the Mount Vernon pyramid schools and we support Mount Vernon area businesses. This proposed change makes no sense and must be remedied by redrawing the lines to ensure that district 16 includes the entirety of the Mount Vernon community.
Brittany Patterson
District 16 should include all of Mount Vernon
David Trichler
Williamsburg is part of the Hampton Roads Community. This move breaks up historical and current connections to the Hampton Roads region (including breaking up a historic Black community). Instead of Gloucester being included in District 69, Williamsburg should be part of District 69.
Suzanne L Tardif
Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford should be grouped together as a community of interest. I am glad I am no longer gerrymandered into a district that divided my part of Christiansburg into a district with Floyd and Pulaski splitting my part of town away from the rest of my town. It is better than the former map that divided Christiansburg into three districts, but it still divides us into two districts. This map splitting Radford from Blacksburg looks like an attempt to dilute our votes out with areas that are much more rural and entirely different from those of us that live in Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Radford. Radford, Christiansburg and Blacksburg form a closer community with close ties to the Universities, with most of the employees and students of the two Universities living between Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford.
Cynthia Baute
This is a clear attempt at gerrymandering and violates the communities of interest principle of Virginia redistricting. * Blacksburg and Radford are distinct small urban communities that are socially and economically centered around universities, including significant student populations. * Christiansburg is a small urban area adjacent to Blacksburg and Radford that is home to many people associated with one or the other university. * Taken together, these places correspond to a single community of interest, but the proposed map splits them in two and combines them with rural areas that are socially, culturally, and economically quite different. * Blacksburg, Radford, and Christiansburg's combined population fits in a single House district (district target size=86,314).
Christine Llewellyn
This tiny area of Gloucester should not be part of the 69th.
LISA CURRY
I want to add Williamsburg back into the 69th district and remove the portion of Gloucester. Do not disenfranchise and take away voting rights from people of color.
Christine Llewellyn
Williamsburg is in Hampton Roads, not Richmond related communities, and should be returned to the 69th.
Nancy Gage
District 69 should include Williamsburg, and not a portion of Gloucester.
Kathy Hornsby
Removing Williamsburg from the 69th effectively breaks up a historic Black community in the city and northern James City County, thus diluting its voice. Also, the city of Williamsburg has a long-standing, strong identity in the Hampton Roads region. It makes more sense to remove far-flung Gloucester and return Williamsburg to the 69th.
Pris Sears
Why is the New River Valley community of interest being split in half? This area shares jobs, schools, universities, and businesses. It has considerable cultural and economic integration. It makes no sense to district it this new way. Who would benefit from this? Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford should be in one district together.
Jennifer Tierney
Williamsburg IS a part of Hampton Roads. It needs to go back into the 69th.
Diane Abdo
I want Williamsburg back to the 69th district and remove part of Gloucester
Dorothy E. Finnegan
James City County and Williamsburg belong together. We share too many services to break us up for Commonwealth representation.
James H. Clark
We should still be part of District 69 as we use the James City County transportation that comes right to our corner as well as many facilities in JCC. The area across the York River near Gloucester should not be in our District. PLEASE don't let this happen to us. James and Mary Clark
Ryan Flanagan
This district has the impression of being gerrymandered by not being compact, and cutting across several zip codes
Ryan Flanagan
This district has the impression of being gerrymandered by not being compact, and cutting across several zip codes
Matt Burke
Dividing the Mount Vernon community in half like this makes no sense. District 16 should extend to Dogue Creek
Chase Henzler
As part of the 2016 court-ordered redistricting, Williamsburg was moved to the 2nd congressional district. Williamsburg has more of a connection to lower JCC. It seems to be a step back when Williamsburg is put back into CD1 and the HOD seat that is based in northern JCC
Richard Naigle
I would like to see how these districts map to zip codes / zip+4. We should be able to have boundaries which are straight line. It should be very easy to see where boundaries exist on a regular street map. Keeping neighbors in the same district makes sense - neighbors tend to have things in common.
Richard Naigle
I would like to see how these districts map to zip codes / zip+4. We should be able to have boundaries which are straight line. It should be very easy to see where boundaries exist on a regular street map. Keeping neighbors in the same district makes sense - neighbors tend to have things in common.
karen Lynne
Please consider adding Ashland to the 80th district. We have more in common with that community than the 57th and makes more sense for us to be together.
Ethan Lynne
As a lifelong resident of the town of Ashland, I can safely say that the town would fit in way better with the 80th district than the 57th. Having the 80th stretch sort of down route 1 at least through Glen Allen is a major community of interest, as Ashlanders far more often go into Glen Allen than into rural Hanover.
Richard Naigle
We should be able to have district boundaries that are a bit less "jagged" than this - it creates the appearance of gerrymandering. Can we look at NOT splitting zip codes - and if we do, only splitting them ONCE by +4 ... i.e., 23321-0001 to 23321-4553 might be in one district, 23321-4554 to 23321-9999 might end up in a 2nd one...
Tanya Morris
City of Williamsburg should be included in District 69 with the southern portion of James City County. We share many of the same services, and many of the workers in the city live in the southern portion of the county. Also, why are Gloucester residents now included in District 69? They live across the river and have different concerns from James City Residents.
Victoria J. Taylor
Blacksburg and Christiansburg andpossibly Radford. ought to be consider a community of interest for this redistricting map.
Gail K Gordon
I must echo the comments of Kevin-Saucedo Branch and RIchard Kirk McPike. Cutting off a tiny slice of Alexandria and putting those constituents in an Arlington district makes no sense. Move District 5 north just a bit and put the small Alexandria section currently slated for District 3 into District 5.
Kevin Saucedo-Broach
Arlington's map looks surprisingly good, it seems like the drafters made a concerted attempt to split Arlington into its three main geographic divisions (North Arlington, South Arlington, and Metro Arlington) pretty cleanly. My biggest concern with the map is the boundary extensions into Falls Church and Alexandria. Arlington is big enough for 2 full districts of its own with some change left over, so two of our districts should be fully within Arlington County. Having the third spill over into another community is understandably necessary, but having two districts spill over into another community is cartographic malpractice. The residents of Falls Church have made it pretty clear from these comments that they don't want to be lumped in with Arlington and Alexandria has the same issue Arlington does—it should have one fully enclosed district and then a second one that spills into another community (probably the portion of Fairfax that is already called Alexandria by the post office anyway, but I'll leave that up to you all). Not two other spill over districts. Given Arlington and Alexandria's historic differences, I would not recommend putting any of Alexandria into an Arlington district. Rather, my suggestion would be to spill District 1 over into McLean, which is much, much more culturally and socioeconomically related to North Arlington than South Arlington is to Alexandria.
Ben Zuhl
Why does this map split Westhampton Precinct between the 6th and 12th Districts? We have much more in common with our neighbors across Haycock Rd. than much of the rest of the 6th. Splitting a precinct seems to be either a mistake or exactly the opposite of what the redistricting committee was supposed to do.
Daniel Wayne McGraw
Can you please consider Ashland to be connected with district 80 or 57? The walk ability of the Town and the economic needs are more aligned with urban Henrico than rural Hanover. Thank you for all of you work. Overall, you are doing great work!
Sean Welsh
Consider extending district 81 further up Jefferson Davis highway and extending district 79 into Montrose to keep those communities together.
William Hazard
Splitting out part of the Mount Vernon community from District 16 to be put into District 19 makes little sense. This area is intrinsically connected to the District 16 businesses, schools, and community. Please reconsider these proposed boundaries.
James Harder
I believe that it is important to preserve Radford and Blacksburg as a community of interest. Two university towns that are geographically linked make sense to be represented by one delegate.
Jennifer Chambers
Town of Ashland folks have very different concerns than folks in Rural Hanover County. Please consider this when defining these borders - find the common ground. Henrico is our next door neighbor - where lots of folks shop & work. Consider aligning us with these locations.
Mindy Quigley
Blacksburg and Christiansburg are essentially a single community. Most of us go back and forth between the two for work, shopping, etc. on a weekly if not daily basis. They should be considered a single constituency for redistricting purposes.
Sarah Hazard
This doesn't make any sense and should be revisited.
Matt Wisnioski
This map appears to crack a coherent region in half. It makes little sense from the perspective of representing Montgomery County or the NRV as they are experienced on the ground.
John Baute
Splitting apart Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a clear attempt at "cracking" this district and a partisan gerrymander. These are like communities with common economic interests, and should be combined together for the sake of districting.
Todd Rogers
I'm not offering an opinion on whether I think that Gloucester should or should not be in the 69th district, but in response to Dianne Carter and anyone else who sees her comment, this map does nothing to change where voters vote on election day. Voters in Gloucester will still go to their assigned polling places in Gloucester unless otherwise notified by their voter registration office.
Avis Catchings
Why do we have to have eyes in the back of our heads so we don't miss the sneaking stuff going on in our government. Trying to sway the votes to one party to benefit the wealthy is insane! Wealthy, don't you know its us, the people, that make your business thrive. Every vote should count so stop drawing crocked lines to make the votes go in favor of candidates that DONT have our best interest at heart. DO NOT PASS this BIAS redistricting!
Scott Mann
Why is district 72 stretching into northwestern chesterfield and this district 77 is splitting the county with the city? This makes no sense other than to give another district to the democrats. Increase the competitive nature of this district by moving district 77 over to be entirely in Chesterfield County. It seems Chesterfield is always being sliced and diced from its whole communities to dilute voter strength of the county. Very partisan. Please adjust this district.
Scott Mann
This district has been drawn to reduce the competitive nature of the previous District 27 and turn it from a toss up district into a strong lean democratic district. This is extremely partisan in nature and the inclusion of south Richmond with this part of Chesterfield is going to dilute the strength of Independent and Republican voters. Please consider minor adjustments that make more sense as this district should be completely in Chesterfield to reflect the will of the county's voters and communities of interest.
Dave Patton
Are we getting new maps for the House of Delegates? it seems like I would be in District 1 but currently, I'm in district 48 why do we need new districts. My current district isn't all that old it was created in 1998.
Miguel Medina
Neighborhoods North of Columbia Pike and West of Glebe are proposed for District 3. However, there are more socioeconomic similarities with the proposed District 1 and should be placed there. This can be compensated by moving neighborhoods in Falls Church proposed for District 1 to either Districts 6, 12, and/or 13.
don sproul
We have nothing in common with downtown Suffolk or the City of Franklin. Isle of Wight should not be split into half at all but surely not as it is drawn.
Miguel Medina
Neighborhoods north of Columbia Pike should be in District 1 as there is more socioeconomic similarities with that District as opposed to the proposed District 3.
Jon Greene
Blacksburg would be in House District 41 along with rural areas to the east and southwest (red in attached map, and red in expected election outcomes). Radford and Christiansburg would be in House District 42 along with adjacent rural areas and Giles County. This violates the “communities of interest” principle explained below, in large part because: Blacksburg and Radford are distinct small urban communities that are socially and economically centered around universities, including significant student populations, and Christiansburg is a small urban area adjacent to Blacksburg and Radford that is home to many people associated with one or the other university. Taken together, these places correspond to a single community of interest, but the proposed map splits them in two and combines them with rural areas that are socially, culturally, and economically quite different.
Chase Tuck
Under this map, the Kings Charter neighborhood is split between the 59th and the 60th. To fix this swap the Sliding Hill precinct to the 60th and add the Hanover Courthouse precinct to the 59th.
Scott McCain
The sections of the Mount Vernon neighborhoods that have been stripped from District 16 need to be reinstated. We live on the property that was once George Washington's farms - all of the Mount Vernon neighborhoods are one community with shared needs and outlooks. We share a high school, a middle school, youth sports leagues, shopping centers etc. To separate the Southern sections of the "Five Farms" from the rest will divide our community's representation in public office. We are one community and should be represented by the same elected official, whether North or South of George Washington's estate.
Timothy M. Rothgeb
The 100th has always been a distinct of two areas with widely different needs. To include these areas in the same district does a disservice to both areas and ensures that representative will only be able to serve one of the areas. Once again Norfolk has been carved up reducing it's representation in the legislature. Cities should be kept together as much as practical.
Andrew Brecher
This is a pretty good district but the borders ought to be tweaked a bit. Not sure why West Springfield and Annandale west of the Beltway both get carved up -- consider giving this district more of one and less of the other.
Andrew Brecher
Echoing others -- Blacksburg/Radford should be in the same district. If that's not a community of interest then I don't know what is.
Mark Albert
Hastings Hunt children are within walking distance of Herndon High School. We are part of the Herndon community and should remain associated with Herndon.
Alix Kauffman
Mount Vernon Mansion and Fort Belvoir are integral to the life in the Mount Vernon District community! Fredericksburg is unknown to me, have been there once as a tourist.
Matthew Hepler
Most people who live in the Redfields neighborhood work in the city of Charlottesville, predominantly at UVA. Our neighborhood is closely aligned to the city, and even our addresses are Charlottesville addresses. We should be included in District 54.
Darlene Dawn Griffis
Ref: Districts 23, 64 and 65 this redistricting map is very disturbing at best. Splitting County in multiple more ways will hurt our communities, our county, our economy, not to mention out statistics. How can you give us better representation as a county if you split it up in multiple ways? WE need One view Point. A voice to protect us all. Not split decisions across the board from multiple delegates. Not to mention the divisions are ethnically unbalanced. So why not combine a county as a whole. Also Stafford County does not want to lose Senator Surovell. He has been an Amazing supporter to the county and to the new Widewater State park and our Friends of Widewater State Park Group. No one else could possibly have his passion for our park and our needs.
Cheryl and Michael Bechtold
We live in the Westgate area of Mount Vernon and strongly object to being removed from the rest of our Mount Vernon Community in the16th House Delegate District and tacked on to the 19th District. Our interests are better served by representatives that live and work in in the same community as we do. Splitting us off from District 16 and the rest of the Mount Vernon Community ignores our long-standing community of interest and relationship with District 16. This proposal would separate us from our Mount Vernon Community of Interest where we live together, work together, go to school together and conduct business with. We have shared interests in public transportation, GW Parkway issues, northern Route 1 corridor development, infrastructure and other community interests. The proposed redistricting line literally splits our community off from Mount Vernon High School and Walt Whitman Middle School where we send our children to school and would severely dilute our opportunity to be fairly represented on a variety of local issues including noise pollution, air pollution, and development along the Route 1 corridor and adjacent areas near our home. This proposal moves us to a District along with Mason Neck, Woodbridge, and Marumsco where we share none of those common interests and violates your own guiding principles. It appears that the Special Masters may have been too focused on the math as a priority rather than keeping communities together. Do not sacrifice our Community in order to make your numbers work… We hope you will take our comments into consideration and incorporate them into a final decision that maintains our Mount Vernon community integrity.
Norm Lent
During the Redistricting Commission proceedings, both the Republican map drawer and the Democratic map drawer used plus-or-minus five percent population deviation (for a maximum of ten percent total deviation) in their proposed Senate and House of Delegates maps. A simple example is House District 100 in their two final House of Delegates maps -- A7 and B7 -- which both drew as including Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton at 4.42% under target. As far as I know, their use of plus-or-minus five percent population deviation wasn't an issue during the Redistricting Commission proceedings. In contrast, the Special Masters proposed their equivalent District 45 with the addition of part of Dickenson because, as explained in their memo to the Court, their view is the statute allows only plus-or-minus 2.5 percent population deviation (for a maximum of five percent total deviation). The Special Masters should reconsider and determine if plus-or-minus five percent deviation would be appropriate -- in that way they can better minimize the splits of counties, independent cities, incorporated towns and precincts, plus communities of interest, and otherwise improve their maps, so long as consistent with the Larios decision they correctly referenced in their memo. Thank you for consideration of this comment.
Dianne Carter de Mayo
If I have to cross the bridge and pay a toll to vote, does that constitute a poll tax? There is also no public transportation that will take people over the river so voters without cars are disenfranchised, as well. Keep Gloucester together!
Jeff Geiger
This proposed map splits the Carrleigh Pkwy community south of the Carrleigh Pkwy Park in half and makes no sense. At the very least, all the houses from Denton Court to the end of Carrleigh Pkwy should be moved into HD 18 instead of HD 15. One of the primary redistricting criteria was “Districts shall be drawn to preserve communities of interest". This proposed map violates that central tenet.
John B. Allen
We live in the Westgate community which is historically part of the Mount Vernon area. I am writing to object to the proposal to place us in a new Senate District that would group us with residents of Mason Neck, Woodbridge, and Marumsco instead of the residents in our local area. The issues that affect the quality of life in our community are much different than the challenges they face in their communities. The proposed redistricting line literally splits our community off from Mount Vernon High School and Walt Whitman Middle School where we send our children to school and would severely dilute our opportunity to be fairly represented on a variety of local issues including noise pollution, air pollution, and development along the Route 1 corridor and adjacent areas near our home. The interests of our community would be much more fairly represented by including us in the 16th District where we belong with the rest of our neighbors. I hope you will take my comments into consideration before you make any final decision on the House redistricting proposal.
Pranav Choudhary
An effort should be made to have another House of Delegates district contained entirely within Henrico County rather than two that split off into other jurisdictions and diminish the voice Henrico residents have in choosing their elected officials
Delegate Vivian Watts
Wakefield Precinct should be moved from proposed HD15 to the proposed HD14: 1. The +2.01% deviation for HD14 would be improved. The deviation for HD15 of -0.86% would still be less than 1%. 2. HD14 and HD15 would remain wholly within SD35. 3. Compactness of HD14 and HD15 would not change because Wakefield Precinct is at a corner of both districts. 4. HD14 would remain a solidly majority-minority district: White Hispanic Asian Others Black HAW/PI HD14: 32,568 22,663 19,704 12,796 8,822 47 The elementary school serving Wakefield Precinct (and other precincts in HD14) is 59.5% White, 13.1% Hispanic, 17.2% Asian, 7.3 other and 2.9% Black. 5. Community of interest will not be compromised. Wakefield Precinct residents are in the Annandale 22003 zip code which is dominant zip code of HD14 but is only barely represented in HD15. Wakefield Precinct shares school attendance areas with essentially the same number of households in either HD14 or HD15. 6. If the critical redistricting principles in 1-5 have been satisfied, I am not aware of established court precedent for not considering where current elected officials reside. HD15 has two incumbents; HD14 has none. Both have more than 10 years of experience. At this point in Virginia House history, arbitrary loss of legislative experience is particularly serious in the complexity of shaping public policy. Two-thirds of the 2022 House will have served less than 10 years. Almost half of the 100 members will have served less than 5 years. 7. Moving Wakefield Precinct into the under-populated HD14 gives more flexibility to address public concerns about HD15 regarding splitting the Kings Park West community, as well as addressing the awkward hook of Cardinal Precinct in HD15's border.
Rosanne Scott
How the heck did George Washington's very own Mt. Vernon Estate not end up in the Mt. Vernon district, its own original neighborhood, its literal backyard?? The so-called "masters" who drew up these maps, impartial as they may be, have demonstrated that they have no sense of our community, how it functions, what its needs might be, and most especially its history. Well, how could they? One's a college professor from California, the other from a New York outdoor advertising agency, which is to say billboards. How ever were they chosen? And how is it that the maps drawn up by these strangers will determine for the next decade how our community functions? I appreciate the effort that must have gone into this. This can't have been an easy assignment. But the results are wrong, so wrong. Mt. Vernon is a community, an actual place with a living legacy and a vibrant, diverse, and cohesive population, not a thing to be divvied up by a couple of guys who have no idea what we're about. With all respect, you gotta rethink this map.
Jan Lowry
Why split out such a small portion of Rockbridge? Best to keep counties intact as much as possible.
Melissa Nobile
Please leave Fauquier county whole. Do NOT connect us with Loudon. We have nothing in common with any of them.
Ed McGovern
Splitting off Silverview Dr/Crossepointe Glen Way splits the Crossebpointe Community. It crosses County School Districts and breaks up Elementary, Middle, and High School students. Crossing County lines should be minimized. Breaking up Community Association lines should really be minimized.
Chris Butler
please leave Fauquier county whole, do not link us to Loudoun Co.
Darian Salahi
splitting up falls church into four districts would fracture a community that is currently thriving. There is no immediate reason to do such a thing.
Matthew Savage
Splitting the Marshall precinct from the Shreve precinct shows no understanding of the Falls Church community. This map would separate the Shrevewood Elementary School boundaries into three separate districts.
Matthew Savage
I would just like to point out that this map proposes putting the West Falls Church Metro station in a different district than the actual city of Falls Church.
Elias Latif
Please don't break up Falls Church.
Sarah Baughman
Splitting Blacksburg and Radford doesn't make sense. These two college towns should be left together.
Jennifer Tierney
The jog across the water in the 69th to pick up a portion of Gloucester makes no sense and is disenfranchising to people in Gloucester.
Juan Rodrigo
I agree with others that breaking up Falls Church is a bad move and would take away power for our community. We should have one Falls Church district, not four.
Teresa Hepler
The majority of people living in the Redfields community, which lies barely a mile outside of the City of Charlottesville and shares one of Charlottesville's zipcodes, work in the City of Charlottesville. We have the same concerns, interests, and general political demographic as residents in the city. Your proposed map is cutting us off from those most similarly situated to us, and diluting our vote by placing us in a much larger area where people do not share our concerns. Please extend the City of Charlottesville's district to include Redfields. My address is Charlottesville, so it makes no sense to carve me out from the rest of the Charlottesville address. Thank you.
Maurico Balderman
Please don't split Falls Church into four districts. This will mean our representatives will be less in tune with our interests.
James Quinn
Although the Congressional map was well done, this one (especially for NoVA) is unreasonably tortured. Strange zigs and zags, pockets and bulges where it just does not make much sense - it could be a lot more compact and contiguous. Appears to try and make a few too many 'safe' seats.
Nancy E Hamilton
I do not support any proposals which splits the Mount Vernon HS Pyramid or the Mount Vernon Supervisor's District in half. I am not sure how Mount Vernon was not considered as a community of interest when considering redistricting for the next 10 years. I understand that the redistricting would not affect boundary changes but would affect our School Board representative and Supervisor. I have no knowledge of the needs of the Fredericksburg or Manassas communities (or Springfield communities) that it being proposed I vote with. I have been in this area for over three decades and as others have stated - we have very little in common with the concerns of the Congressional District 7. Congressional District 8 has numerous historic buildings (Mount Vernon is 1 mile from my house) and I have much more involvement & alignment with the issues in the immediate surrounding area rather than rather than Fredericksburg and Manassas (Congressional District 7). this area benefits from being the "Mount Vernon Community" rather than an extension of Fredericksburg and Manassas
Marlin Sharp
I would like to advocate that Isle of Wight County not be divided. The eastern part of Isle of Wight could very easily be joined to the 83rd Dist. without unbalancing the population figures.
Katherine Ward
Your map does not meet the "community of interest" target. You have split off areas of the Historic Mount Vernon Supervisory district in such a way that children are removed from their schools, the Military Base and area surrounding it is divided in half, and cultural areas of interest are also split off. Plus you are not using natural or man made boundaries to the best advantage. Please go back to the drawing board and make an effort to truly understand the " community of nterest areas"
Carter Elliott
The precincts from Campbell County should be switched with the Wright Shop and Madison Precincts in Amherst. These Amherst precincts have much more to do with the City of Lynchburg and the downtown area than the ones in Campbell County. The people in these precincts in Amherst frequent the downtown area much more, and are only a bridge away from the city line. Also, the high African American population in these areas deserves to have the same representative as the the high percentage African American precincts in Lynchburg. These precincts in Amherst have much more in common with the downtown Lynchburg area than the rural area of Nelson County.
Barbara Steakley
We have lived in this house, directly across the street from the Mount Vernon Estate, for 32 years. Our lives have revolved in the Mount Vernon & Fort Hunt areas in District 16 as we raised 3 sons. Our lives are not focused south of here in District 19. It's arbitrary & capricious to cut the Mount Vernon area, including the Estate, off from its communities for the purposes of representation. This is a very isolating map for our area, totally excluded from our natural communities north & west. With the exception of 1 year, our children attended Fairfax Co. schools north of us in District 16. We are oriented toward the political & societal issues north of us in District 16, along Route 1 & the GW Parkway. This map is a disservice to a significant number of citizens & their everyday interests in their community, including us. We strenuously object to this map placing us in District 19.
Marie McCain
I have lived in the Mount Vernon community for 17 years which has included in my opinion north to Belle View and South to Ft. Belvoir. It does not include the Rose Hill area. I cannot imagine how dividing my neighbors who use the same libraries, schools, shopping, RT 1 Hwy as I do would serve them. Fredericksburg and Manassas share no overlapping parks, school, shopping or transportation issues with Mount Vernon. I strongly oppose any plan that divides the Mount Vernon School Pyramid or Mount Vernon Supervisors district in half. We must all have the same school board member.
Melanie Weissman
I agree with other commenters that breaking up Falls Church will hinder our voice in the general assembly
Nathaniel Lopez
I would like a district centered around the greater Falls Church community. This will make sure our Delegate remains focused on the interests of our community. Breaking us up into four districts is a bad idea, and will mean Falls Church will be an afterthought in the mind of our next delegates.
Reyna Berry
Dear judges, this is a terrible map. Please don't break up Falls Church. Should be a community of interest, we are like a family, and I don't want a divorce. Please don't take my kids. You won't win this custody battle.
Joe Doherty
The proposed 16th District improves the existing 44th District by adding Belle View to the district and removing Hayfield. However, Woodlawn and Westgate are part of the Mt. Vernon community / Route 1 corridor. They should be moved into the 16th District. The area west of Telegraph Road is not part of the same community and should be moved into the 17th District.
Thomas W. Russell
Moving George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and the Mount Vernon Civic Association from Delegate District #16 and putting it in Delegate District #19 with Lorton, Gunston, and Woodbridge violates five redistricting requirements: we are split from our contiguous community, does not respect our natural boundaries, denies our participation with our larger community of interest in District #16, removes us from an existing compact district and fails the equity test - many minority students from #16 are taught in our community where we have historically provided Food for Thought packets for those students in greatest need and we raise funds for our community food banks among our Association Members to support the families in need along the Rt 1 corridor.
Brooke Glisson
While the Special Masters' memo references the communities of Springfield and Franconia, there is NO mention or recognition of the existence of the Mount Vernon Community anywhere in their explanatory memorandum and their maps. This ignores our area as a long-standing “community of interest” sharing print media, public transport infrastructure, and institutions such as schools and churches. I do not want my current house delegate (Paul Krizek) to have to compete with our neighboring delegate (Mark Sickles), and I do not want my Mt. Vernon supervisor (Dan Storck) to have his jurisdiction divided. Their districts should remain intact.
Lauren Boggs Meslar
I appreciate Albemarle being kept intact in this iteration of proposed HOD districts. I think keeping all of Nelson and/or the Lake Monticello area makes more sense than adding a swath of Louisa in to the 55th, though. In my experience, far more people from Nelson and Lake Monticello come to the Albemarle/Charlottesville area for work, play, groceries, services, and more than do from Louisa.
Thomas W. Russell
Moving George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and the Mount Vernon Civic Association from Delegate District #16 and putting it in Delegate District #19 with Lorton, Gunston, and Woodbridge violates five redistricting requirements: we are split from our contiguous community, does not respect our natural boundaries, denies our participation with our larger community of interest in District #16, removes us from an existing compact district and fails the equity test - many minority students from #16 are taught in our community where we have historically provided Food for Thought packets for those students in greatest need and we raise funds for our community food banks among our Association Members to support the families in need along the Rt 1 corridor.
Stephanie Shaefer
Please note that I would like to have the committee look at the new redistricting proposals - they just don't make sense 1. There is an existing Mount Vernon Community and keeping the 8th district in -tact including those living along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Lorton the way it is makes more sense. I'd like to propose that the Mount Vernon Community not be split up - it affects schools, churches, etc. 2. Also those living in Mason Neck and East ofI-95 remain with everyone else who lives instead of with everyone else who lives in 22303, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, and 22315. 3. I'm pleased that BelleView and New Alexandria is in the16th district. Please reconsider.Thank you for your help. Stephanie Shaefer
Daniel s Davis
Agree with commenter from Alexandria that ParkFairfax seems like strange and inappropriate addition to district 3, since it would be the only Alexandria precinct in an Arlington based district. I would be comfortable with District 3 extending further into Pentagon/ Crystal City. Hume, Met Park and Virginia Highlands are all immediately adjacent to District 3's boundaries and would be good fits if the alignment were shifted this way.
Tina Pruett
This area has a Fredericksburg address and should be included in HOD 65. Our Community of Interest aligns with the City of Fredericksburg.
Nannette Henderson
Seems more logical to keep Silverview Dr, Brook Estates Court, Newtowne Ct, Telegraph Crossing Court and Crosspointe Glen Way together in District 18 with the rest of the Crosspointe community to which they belong. Also does not make any sense to split Dudley Drive; the whole thing should be in district 18 with Hooes Road/Laurel Crest serving as a natural dividing point.
William Porter
Woodlawn Terrace is a part of Mount Vernon (16) and not 17. Muddy Hole Farm is literally one of the 5 original farms George Washington ran. Yet, neighborhoods on the west side of Telegraph Road are now listed at 16. We are a part of Mount Vernon for the Congress and VA Senate Maps yet have been removed for the VA House Map.
Phil North
Roanoke County has 2 delegates today. Why propose three delegates and three districts? Should consider only two districts and keep with 1 or two delagates. No need for 39, 40 and 41. Vinton and Hollins, Orchards Hollins should be in 40.
Volpe Milton Boykin
The new 84th District is included with the downtown area of the City of Suffolk and the City of Franklin. Neither have anything that could even be stretched to be called a "Community of Interest" with rural conservative Isle of Wight County. We have almost as much in common with Warsaw Poland as we do these two cities. This clearly dilutes the voice of conservative rural citizens. Also, Isle of Wight County should not be split or if it is, to be a " community of interest" should be split north and south, not east and west.
Ruth Ann Douglas
I already made comments and I see them on the right side of this screen. I am confused as to what I am supposed to do in addition to my comments. Please clarify for me. Thank you. Ruth Douglas
Ruth Ann Douglas
I do not understand why you would cut a good cohesive neighborhood, Key West, into two different districts. The dividing line runs down the street I live on. My neighbors across the street are in the 54th; I'm in the 55th. I note that those who made that division had spoken about keeping together groups that have as much in common as possible. I know this division line was first created some years ago, and I objected then. No change has been made since then.
Diane Thomas
The districts south of Alexandria need to be tweaked such that school districts, Fort Belvoir, etc. are not divided and more natural divides/population center groupings.
Pranav Choudhary
Rural communities to the east of Harrisonburg have almost nothing in common with the city; it makes far more sense to go southward along US 11 and US 81 and then keep all of rural Rockingham together.
Pranav Choudhary
It makes much, much more sense to link western Loudoun to Clarke County (culturally and economically very similar to the western side of the county) along Route 7 than it does to have the district snake down into Fauquier County, which is very different geographically and politically.
Pranav Choudhary
Corrected for grammar: It seems odd to have this unpopulated census block included in District 11 when it is surrounded by District 6 on all sides.
Pranav Choudhary
Grouping in Surry, Isle of Wight, and Dinwiddie Counties with some of Virginia's only rural African-American communities completely adulterates the idea of an opportunity district. Given the racially polarized voting patterns we have seen take shape in rural Virginia, this could leave large swaths of African-American voters without a say in who represents them for a decade or more. It's an especially egregious move to separate Surry County from Sussex County knowing the tight link the communities have held for nearly three centuries.
Pranav Choudhary
Minority voters in southside deserve to have their voices represented in Richmond. Unifying the cities of Danville and Martinsville into a single district would allow black voters a real say in competitive races and give these two distinctive communities a seat at the table to represent their unique needs.
Glenn
This slice and dice of the neighborhood makes no sense. Use the natural boundary of I95.
Pranav Choudhary
This map runs the risk of African-American voters in Petersburg AND African-American voters in Hopewell going without adequate representation, as is the case on the current map. It makes much more sense to place these two cities with common interests into the same district in order to prevent the fracturing of minority voting power.
Kenny Boddye
While I like that all of the districts are a lot more compact, and we no longer have districts that span the width of the county or cross too far into the western counties, there is still some tweaking that should be done, particularly to districts 24 and 25. District 25 goes a bit too far south on the eastern edge, causing a situation where the semi-rural and rural areas of Occoquan Forest and north of Hoadly Road are represented by the same delegate as the much more urban areas of Dale City and the Cardinal Drive corridor. Residents in the County Center part of the new 24th district have a lot more in common with the folks in District 25 (including the small area of County Center south of PW Parkway drawn into it.) A remedy for this issue could be to pull the south eastern edge of district 25 (the Cardinal Drive part) away and give it to districts 25 and 19, and the Dale City Part to District 24. In return, District 25 could absorb a few neighborhoods across I-95 from District 19 (particularly Occoquan Road and Route 123 which run through both districts) and give more of the County Center and surrounding area south to District 25. Dale Boulevard would be an appropriate dividing line here.
Liza Hearns
The Mt Vernon area shout be within District 16.
Howard Soroos
This is a correction to my previous comment when I incorrectly referred to Senate districts. My point is that Westgate precinct #613 should be included in House district #16 which includes the rest of the Mt Vernon magisterial district. The map puts us into House district #19 from which we are totally separated by Ft Belvoir.
Howard Soroos
We live in Westgate precinct #613 just west of Mt. Vernon and north of Fort Belvoir which should be made part of Senate district #16 which includes the rest of the Mt Vernon magisterial district which we are a part of. The map puts us into Senate district #19 from which we are totally separated by Ft Belvoir and which extends down into Prince William County. In general, the map does not reflect natural community boundaries and needlessly divides many magisterial districts and school attendance areas.
Joshua Link
The Burke Centre Conservancy community should not be split up- this is an important and cohesive community of interest that should be kept in one HOD district
Greg Crider
The Mount Vernon community is split into two. The Rose Hill area is an appendage that should be removed from District 16 and added to District 17. Removing it and adding precincts south of Little Hunting Creek to District 16 would keep the Mount Vernon community of interest together and would make for a more compact District 16.
Greg Crider
The Rose Hill area should be in District 17 and the precincts south of Little Hunting Creek should be added to District 16 to keep the Mount Vernon communities of interest together.
William Vodra
I think House District should extend south to the Dogue Creek inlet. People in this area share common issues (transportation, environmental, and educational pyramid, for instance) with those in the proposed District 16 and east of US 1.
Kay Martinez
How can you split Ft Belvoir in half for districting? It needs to be all in one district. And the border for 16 should be Dougue creek and route 1.
Carolyn Caywood
What is the purpose of this long finger of District 97?The upper part is mostly commercial property, I believe, that can't have added much in the way of population. It marres the compactness of 97.
Pranav Choudhary
Chopping up the Fairfax County side of the Dulles Corridor in this manner is detrimental to the voters who live in that area.
Pranav Choudhary
The area surrounding Herndon High School, as well as Clearview Elementary School and Dranesville Elementary School, should not be separated from the Town of Herndon. These northern areas have Herndon addresses and share schools and shoppers with the town. While the census classifies these as two separate areas, they are functionally one and the same for residents.
Pranav Choudhary
Areas that surround Herndon High School, as well as Clearview and Dranesville Elementary Schools, should not be separated from the Town of Herndon. While the census considers these northern areas separate from the town, they have Herndon addresses and share schools, with the two functionally being one community.
Pranav Choudhary
It seems odd to have this unpopulated census included in District 11 when it is surrounded by District 6 on all sides.
Janine Gillis
The eastern neighborhoods are isolated and left out from the rest of the city. Really?
Autumn Riley
This proposed map splits Kings Park West Community into two different districts along its central thoroughfare, Commonwealth Blvd. This would be a detriment to its citizens and should be corrected. Kings Park West is a vibrant and engaged community of homeowners who share common interests. Our subdivision continues to run an active voluntary civic association (kpwca.org), which has supported the neighborhood since its development over 50 years ago. Attached is a map showing the 1879 homes eligible to join the civic association. Please ensure that our entire neighborhood is properly included TOGETHER in a single district, as our representation should not be split between two different Representatives.
Samuel Alan Simon
Downtown Mclean and far Great Falls have no common interest. 6 is wrapped around with the various ends having nothing in common in terms of density, roads and lifestyles. We are much closer to Falls Church, Pimmit, and Tysons. This is ridiculous.
Constantine Roussos
With regard to Nelson Co. I believe that the HOD map falls short of adhering to the principles of "Communities of Interest" and honoring county boundaries. Nelson Co. is closely connected economically, recreationally and socially with Albemarle and Charlottesville. Nelson and Albemarle share medical facilities and organizations and are in the same planning district. There is no need or reason to split Nelson into two different districts. In the previous redistricting Nelson was split in two as part of a Republican gerrymander. To this day many residents are unsure of what district they belong to. Important local and regional issues are debated in the Board of Supervisors, Planning and Zoning Commission and other organizations. These discussions include our local representatives. Having one delegate represent the entire county greatly facilitates decision-making. Nelson's entire population is less than 15,000. Thus, its entirety easily fits within a single district that includes Albemarle. Mr. Hierens is correct in his comment saying that "Nelson has far more in common with the Albemarle area than Louis does.". Thus, I suggest that the portion of Louisa that has been combined with Albemarle be given back to the bulk of Louisa and that the portion of Nelson that has been split off be recombined with the rest of Nelson and Albemarle. Finally, thank you for your hard work in this very difficult task and for accepting suggestions to improve on your good work.
Diana Kim
I believe it to be the better choice to keep Nelson and Albemarle County together.
Edward Champion, Jr.
As others said, I do not like how Blacksburg is split, and I urge you to include Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford in one district. In my personal location, I must look east for most of my representative's district, and I must look west for most of my senator's district! I have never set foot in the rural counties in the western part of my Senator's district! But I often travel to Roanoke. My church's Bishop is headquartered in Roanoke. I attend the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council meetings, which are in both Blacksburg and Roanoke. My airport is in Roanoke. I have no connection to Tazewell, Smyth, Bland or Wythe counties.
Harrison Premen
I am a bit unsure about the need to split Fauquier and Culpeper. I would also say that the criteria rankings analyzed in VPAP indicate that this overall map could use a reworking.
Edward McGovern
I don't think putting Mason Neck into District 19/Prince William Co. is a good idea. Crossing County lines does matter. Separate School systems; separate County taxing (and Fairfax & Prince William do tax differently).
Fran Larkins
Not sure why this particular section of Spotsylvania Co. was included in House District 65. Seems to me it should include more of the area north of Route 3/Plank Road and just south of the river.
Tad J Miller
I voted for Amendment 1 to keep communities whole and this map ignores that provision of redistricting so badly. I get that it's not always possible, but compactness, contiguousness and keeping communities whole were largely ignored in making these maps. If you are going to ignore keeping communities whole then why not include Lake Monticello in the 55th district, like this map does with it's other seemingly random swaths of territory that it glommed onto the 55th district. Lake Monticello is completely dependent on Charlottesville-Albemarle for it's jobs, groceries, medical care, local news media, air flight, train stations and routes to work and school. Lake Monticello and Albemarle-Charlottesville are communities of interest that should be tied together if the rules are going to be ignored so much and honestly it's population is high enough that attaching its relatively small land area to the 55th would allow for keeping more, if not all of the rural areas of Louisa and/or Nelson County whole. Additionally, the "Flag-Pole" districting being done with the 59th District is exactly the kind of map making that made this process necessary. Does someone live at the end of that flag-pole area that is being included/excluded for a political reason? Louisa should be kept whole as a County.
Sam Shirazi
Alternatively, another way of shoring up the 82nd district without changing the 83rd district is to add the Ettrick precinct to the 82nd. In turn, parts of Dinwiddie can be added to the 74th. If there is a concern about "packing," then part fo the 82nd could be added to the 83rd. However, the way the 82nd and 83rd are drawn now create issues about allowing the African-American community to elect the candidate of their choice. This was shown in the 2021 election, and these 2 districts do not address the issue given long term trends in Southside.
Sam Shirazi
Sussex County should be included in 82nd district. In turn, parts of Dinwiddie should be added to the 83rd district. The way it is drawn now, the 83rd district dilutes African-American voting strength by creating a district that does not create enough of an opportunity district. Instead, it makes sense to create a higher percentage of African-American voters in the 82nd. This would not be "packing" African-American voters, but instead they have at least one district that allows for adequate representation. The way it is drawn now, there is chance that neither district elects the preferred candidate of the African-American community.
Stephanie Simcox
Please don’t split King’s Park West. The dividing line should be Braddock Rd. People in KPW are all in one neighborhood and splitting it down the middle makes no sense. We also tend to shop, eat and play in Burke as it is closer to us than the neighborhoods on the other side of Braddock Rd.
Helen Santoro
We do more business and have a greater sense of community within Springfield and Burke. Clifton and Centreville are not our communities. You have carved up a large and active neighborhood/community with no thought to how we interact with each other. If you want to divide based on infrastructure and roads, please use 123 as the dividing road. This division makes little to no practical sense.
GayDonna Vandergriff
As a resident of proposed HOD59 and a resident and candidate in the present HOD72 in 2019, I am pleased to see the proposed districts were redrawn without respect of incumbents. The high number of instances of multiple incumbents in shared proposed districts highlights that the existing districts were heavily gerrymandered to protect incumbents. How refreshing to see the true intent of the redistricting effort respected.
John Lawrence
It may be beneficial to include Madison Heights in 52 and move the Timberlake area outside of the City to 51.
Trent Crewe
Splitting Pulaski County continues the confusion existing heretofore and further divides community of interest. Please reconsider.
James Rich
Fauquier County should be kept whole as a rural community of interest. A few Loudoun precincts can be removed to keep Fauquier whole. Do not split up Fauquier County
Kari Buchanan
I love the compactness of the districts. You do appear to have drawn maps that listened to the comments made by the public to the Redistricting Commission. Re: HD 92, 93, and 94. While HD 92 and 93 are drawn as majority minority districts, HD 94 could have been drawn to include more minorities and create a minority opportunity district.
Thorwald Nicolaus Tideman
Blacksburg and Christiansburg (both in Montgomery County) should be in the same Assembly district, because they form one community. Montgomery County, with a population of about 98,000, is too large to all be in the same district, so part of it must be in another district. By the figures I have, the combination of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford comes to a population of 84,157, which is about 2,000 shy of a district. The additional population could come from surrounding built-up areas such as Price’s Fork and Indian Run. Alternatively, if there is a problem with one district being surrounded by another, the town of Floyd (population 724) could be added, along with relatively unpopulated territory to connect to the current District 47.
Caroline Hill
Nelson county and Albemarle county should be kept together in the House of Delegates. They are very similar areas. I know from living in the county and often being in Nelson that they are similar. Other comments have pointed out that the population would make more sense too, and I concur with this opinion.
Justin Oei
Why is Williamsburg being split with lower James City County? I have noticed this in all three maps (congressional/HoD/senate). Is this to gerrymander the college students out of a district with which they have the most in common? I cannot see what would justify splitting Williamsburg with the rest of the Hampton Roads region.
Andrew Foxx
This boundary should follow Pulaski County's 2021 Redistricting line instead of the old district lines to avoid a split precinct
Theresa Wagar
It is frustrating to see Isle of Wight split up and our section spread out all the way to North Carolina. We have much more in common with our neighbors in Isle of Wight. It is difficult for our representive to meet the needs of such a miles apart constituency. Please consider putting Isle of of Wight back together. If more people are needed it is better to share part of Surry or Suffolk than folks so many miles away as the map is laid out today. Isn’t keeping the districts compact one of the key goals for the redistributing maps this time around? This map fails to meet that goal for Isle of Wight. Thanks for your consideration.
Jack Tueting
This map is such a missed opportunity for good. I commend the mapmakers for the neat and compact central Albemarle/Charlottesville district, for not splitting Albemarle more than necessary, and for their inclusion of part of Nelson County. However, the splitting of Nelson is wrong and should be promptly amended. The district is within accepted deviation if it were to drop the few precincts of Louisa that are included for no good reason (other than some attempt at nesting, an idea completely incompatible with communities of interest.) and keep Nelson WHOLE within the new 55th. Living near the county line, I know that Albemarle and Nelson are a community of interest with numerous compatible interests. It is malpractice to not include them in full- especially when you can avoid a county split with it!
Andrew Hamilton
Falls Church should not be split down into four districts. It will completely dilute their voice in Richmond.
Erin Rice
Suffolk is a large city with many different communities of interest. However, this map does not account for those. House District 89 groups our Southern residents with Chesapeake, which is counter to keeping communities of interest. It would make more sense to group Northern Suffolk (which continues to grow!) and Chesapeake into a district as they have similar interests. Western/Southern Suffolk aligns more with Isle of Wight County and its farmlands and rural way of life. Additionally, it makes zero sense to break up Isle of Wight County into multiple districts. The population is not large enough to justify that.
Andrew Foxx
The House of Delegates boundary in Pulaski County should follow their proposed 2021 Redistrict boundary, and not the old data so it doesn't create a split precinct.
Jose Espanola
Falls Church should be under one district, not four.
Jermaine Greshmanson
i would like to be gerrymandered into district 11 with my homeboys in oakton high school.
Kenneth Hannsgen
Montgomery County plus Radford would make a much more coherent unit than the pieces of Montgomery, Pulaski and Roanoke counties in 41 and 42.
Matt Holt
Floyd has a community of interest with Christiansburg, unlike the current layout of this district.
Carl Jackson
I really don't like how Suffolk is being divided up into two separate districts, and how both Downtown and Harborview, economic engines of Suffolk are being put in their own special District 84 while the rest of Suffolk is put in some no man's land with the Great Dismal Swamp (District 89). This is a deliberate attempt to divide people by class and leave broke rural people in the dark. Keep Suffolk in one District!
nathaniel Showalter
the 35 should include all of Staunton and Augusta county
Molly Lazar
Whoever drew these maps doesn't understand (or care about) the communities of the New River Valley. Have they even been to Southwest Virginia? I'm grouped in with distant Roanoke County rather than the Radford/Christiansburg/Blacksburg community of the New River Valley. While many other districts are fairly contiguous blocks, districts 41 and 42 look no different from egregious gerrymandered districts of the past. This undermines faith in the entire process and should be fixed.
William E. Coburn
Isle of Wight County is one community of only about 39k residents and should not be separated into two House Districts! In this proposal, our community of Carrollton is separated into two districts and pushed into a long district with Emporia/Greenville, Brunswick, and Dinwiddie County. Please do not separate our neighborhoods in Carrollton and divide us from our neighbors in Windsor, Carrsville, and other Isle of Wight residents! We are a relatively small, close knit community in Isle of Wight and deserve to be represented together by one Delegate as is currently the case. Thank you for your consideration.
Matt Holt
The City of Galax should not be with Patrick County. Patrick shares more with Henry County and the City of Martinsville.
Brady Walker
As myself and others have stated during the previous redistricting process, please consider drawing a Danville-Martinsville district. I have gone into greater detail arguing for a Martinsville-Danville district via emails submitted to the commission, so I won't repost all my points here, but please consider: the two cities have linked economies, a linked hospital system, a connection via route 58, and very similar racial demographics. If a South Boston-Danville district can be drawn by the special masters, then a Martinsville-Danville district should certainly be on the table, if not at the forefront. To pretend like Martinsville and northeastern Pittsylvania County have much of anything in common shows either a lack of familiarity with the region or a general disinterest by both parties. Many residents in this area are unaware that this redistricting process is occurring. Consider creating a new district that is diverse and competitive.
Nathan Welz
There is no reason to split South Riding, one of the largest HOAs in the area. South Riding here is split between the 26th and the 27th. There is no need for both districts to travel south of Rt. 50. The portion of the 27th south of 50 sends their kids to high school and middle school less than two minutes from the district lines, and some kids in the 27th go to elementary school in the 26th. School boundaries can sometimes be weird due to population variations, but that is not the case here. The reason why the kids in the 26th and 27th (south of 50) go to school together is because they live in the same community. So, why aren't they in the same house district?
Robert Fasick
I am at a loss as to why House18 would run from east of I95 westward all the way to the junction with House 10 & House 25???? The nature and activities of the communities in the East are quite different from those of the communities in the West of the House 18. And of all the Northern Virginia districts, this seem to be, shall we say, "less than compact!"
Sebastian Volcker
It is actually worse than the current one. Goochland's population is not big enough to warrant splitting it again in an even more awkward way than it is already.
Bruce Harper
The layout of districts 41 and 42 heavily favors Republicans by dividing Blacksburg from Radford. Splitting Montgomery County between two districts hasn't been an advantage to the county in the past and won't be in the future if this map goes forward.
Eric Ufferman
Blacksburg and Radford should be in the same district
Glenwood E Carr Jr
This is just weird. I don't live in this exact area but why is the 72nd dipping down below Midlothian Turnpike? It makes no sense.
Gerald Welch
You propose splitting the current Fox Mill Precinct, 229, into two pieces. Why is this? Between the HOD and State Senate maps, have existing precinct boundaries been taken into count? Or is the expectation that cities/counties will have to create a lot more precincts or have split precincts, which are both costly in their own way?
Charles W Nuttycombe, III
New Kent should not be split, and it has more in common with the Richmond area than the Peninsula. Ideally, there'd be a district with King William + New Kent + eastern Hanover.
Charles W Nuttycombe, III
The towns of Dayton, Bridgewater and Mt. Crawford should be in a district with Harrisonburg. The city is paired with far too much rural territory, it has much more in common with the nearby small towns.
Charles W Nuttycombe, III
There should be a district that unites the black communities of Martinsville and Danville here. It would create a highly competitive district and would force both parties to pay attention to a district in Southside, which didn't happen in the 2010's.
Charles W Nuttycombe, III
The middle peninsula should be kept together as much as possible.
Charles W Nuttycombe, III
In my opinion, the Madison Heights area should be the part that fills the Lynchburg district rather than some of the suburbs in Campbell. This is one of the few areas in the western part of Virginia with a sizable black community along the river, and they should be kept together for an opportunity at representation.
Ella Webster
Some of the lines in this area appear to follow current county precinct lines, and some of those lines are, shall we say...odd? I'm not an expert on the area but I might draft someone who is and encourage the counties towards better districts as well.
Charles W Nuttycombe, III
The town of Blacksburg and the city of Radford need to be kept together. These are both college towns. A district having the entire northern half of Montgomery as well as Radford would be optimal and would give young people the representation they deserve in the Virginia General Assembly.
Ella Webster
This carveout makes no sense. The 68th is down 864 people and the 69th is up 1072. There are two precincts in that carve out. (why take both?) Also as the past (albeit losing) female Democratic candidate for four years in this district, I cannot help notice that you have also carved me out of my district. I'm sensing a theme here along with the congressional districts.
Dianne Carter de Mayo
All of Gloucester should be in one district. You're supposed to avoid jumping rivers. Why should my home be in a different district than my child's school?
John Ormond
IOW County is one community and should not be divided. What interests does northern IOW have in common with Emporia? This effort stinks of partisan gerrymandering.
Sheila Crowley
the tiny carve out in Gloucester County that jumps the river into another district is silly. What is the point?!
Richard McPike
Splitting Parkfairfax off from District 5, which represents the bulk of Alexandria, does a real disservice to the Alexandrians who will now be part of a district that is otherwise entirely Arlington-based. If you moved this into District 5, you could give a bit more of the West End of the city to District 4, thus keeping Alexandria in two districts.
Elizabeth mcIntosh Baldridge Egan
I disagree with the strange East/West bifurcation of Isle of Wight County’s Northern community of interest. If Isle of Wight Co. Must be dissected, leaving it’s northern section intact makes more sense.
David Horton
Radford, Blacksburg and Christiansburg represent communities that are connected economically and with very similar interests. They should be in the same district.
Dale Eric Baugh
IoW is a community of common interest, it is not appropriate to split it along NE-SW lines and separate us. If need to redistribute voters, then distribute to North and south sections across the county so that norther parts are aligned and then southern parts are aligned, not split down the middle along 17.
Caleb Kitchen
Do not split Isle of Wight County into two HOD districts. This is a single community of interest.
Carrie Ann Alford
Mount Vernon Estate should be with the 16th district not 19th
Megan Samonds
HD 63 Should not extend this far east. It doesn't make sense to split Bragg road down the middle. The west side of Bragg Road and the neighborhoods off of Bragg Road between River Road and Route 3 should be included in in HD-65, as our interests align most with what is happening in Fredericksburg City.
Robert Max Jenkins II
The New River Valley, or at least the two college towns of Radford and Blacksburg, ought to be considered as a community/communities of interest to maintain within the boundaries of one House District.
Chuck Dunlap
Why is Isle of Wight split? Makes no sense to me.
Todd Rogers
This appears to split the Reservoir precinct in Newport News between the 69th and 70th districts. Please consider altering so we don't have any split precincts
Michael P Reis
Splitting not just the County, but the Town of Pulaski (Population 9,000) into two different HOD seats with one stretching all the way to the NC/TN border is a real head scratcher. Seems like it will create real confusion and division to have no representative live in or even near the County.
Tina Winkler
Once again, Goochland is split into two HoD districts. We have more in common with Henrico than with Fluvanna or Buckingham. What happened to keeping communities together? We are a suburb of Richmond/Henrico area.
Richard Christian Heiens
Lake of the Woods and Locust Grove are far more closely oriented towards Culpeper and Orange than they are Fredericksburg. Again, keep Orange and Culpeper in the same district!
Richard Christian Heiens
There's no need to carve up Louisa. Nelson has far more in common with the Albemarle area than Louisa does.
Richard Christian Heiens
Carving up the community of interest that is Culpeper, Madison, and Orange is a terrible idea. There is no need to split both Culpeper and Orange counties. Those two localities can be in a single House of Delegates district.
Kalinda Bechtold
This redistricting is CLEARLY to shift the balance of representation. The lines make no logical sense geographically. It clearly divides communities. This mapping shows how little regard you all have for the best interest of the people, and only concern for control. I am ashamed for you. Please look at your intentions and your oath of office and reconsider what you are doing.
Jason Saunders
This extension of HD72 into the Walton Park neighborhood splits up the neighborhood. There are some streets/cul-de-sacs that in the neighboring HD73. Voters on those streets would have to drive through HD72 to get to a polling location. Individual streets in a neighborhood should not be cut off in this manner.
Frank Anderson
Fairfax County recently drew Cardinal, Irving and Keene Mill precincts into the same Supervisor District. This would give the Electoral Board the ability to join precincts and eliminate that "hook" which appears on several of these new maps. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/board-supervisors-adopts-redistricting-plan-new-local-election-districts
K Thompson
Strongly disagee with splitting Kings Park West into two different districts. This is a cohesive community with shared interests and priorities.
Joseph Waymack
Prince George County, which is small community, is once again broken up in this map for no good reason along lines that don't make much sense other than for political reasons. Hopewell, Prince George, and Petersburg are collective communities of interest and yet are split into three different districts. Putting Surry together with Dinwiddie, but separating the other three, makes absolutely no sense and does not comply with the Constitutional mandate for compact districts.
Holly Edwards
This map would split my precinct and my neighborhood into 2 house districts. These lines should be adjusted to pull HD 95 to Diamond Springs Rd as barrier, at the very minimum.
William J Deutsch
No offense, but the people who drew the lines haven't driven in the districts. Route 7 and 66 are communities of interests. The 30th should have loudoun and clarke county together while the 31 should be the faquier and front royal sections.
Jack Kiraly
This breaks the greater Herndon area up into two districts. Instead of going down towards Route 50, this new 8th HD should go Northeast to Route 7, picking up the areas that are more culturally similar to the Town of Herndon.
Jack Kiraly
I agree with Matthew. The greater Falls Church area is a vibrant community that this plan cracks into four Delegate districts with larger economic/cultural centers that will overshadow the needs of this community. Falls Church should not be lumped in with most of North Arlington, which has a completely different economic and cultural make-up.
Bennett Snyder
Districts 38 and 40 aren't bad. I think District 38 should include more parts of southern Roanoke County rather than stretching into Hollins, but this is a decent way to draw the area.
Bennett Snyder
I don't think any part of Roanoke County should be included in a district with Franklin County
Bennett Snyder
This is a bad way to draw the NRV. Blacksburg and Radford should be in the same district. Like others have said, it is possible to draw a compact district that is only in the city of Radford and Montgomery County. The 41st district is particularly bad. It makes no sense to connect Blacksburg with these rural areas (especially those in Roanoke County), while not connecting Blacksburg with Radford.
Michael Nehl
The outer parts of Henrico have been losing population, why give them an extra delegate district? On the US Congressional map, Richmond Metro Area was broken up into 4 districts. There is still clear partisan bias with these maps. Not just here, Blacksburg shouldn't be broken up into two districts. You took out Hampton of VA-2 and drew the district down to almost South Side! The current maps have been vetted by the Supreme Court. Such extreme changes are NOT necessary.
Matt Rowe
Just... why? No reason to jump the York River like that to even out your districts. Find another way.
Michael Nehl
More attention needs to be paid to Communities of Interest in Fairfax. Particularly, Springfield shouldn't be split into 3 districts. Langley could be grouped with parts of Arlington. Why is my Herndon district stretching the edge of Fairfax to Fox Mill? Fox Mill is closer to Reston and Vienna. None of these areas are together.
Carolyn Caywood
This boundary strongly resembles one of the commission maps. It will be interesting to join the Eastern Shore.
Michael Nehl
Radford and Blacksburg shouldn't be split into 2 districts. You can redraw into one district that is compact, minimizes splits of Montgomery County, and keeps communities of interest together. Please make the change!
Brady Walker
It's possible to draw a compact district that contains both Blacksburg and Radford. There's no need for this weird split in Montgomery County.
JoAnn Kennedy Flanagan
This map splits the Kings Park West neighborhood in half putting one half into district 10 with homes that are much different than ours. We should be with culturally and economically similar neighborhoods either in Fairfax, Springfield, or Burke, but not with Fairfax Station, Clifton, or Centreville.
Matthew Savage
District 12 is a mess. Tysons, Idylwood, and Vienna are very different neighborhoods and you can't expect a single Delegate to adequately represent all of them
Brady Walker
While I have been an advocate for a Martinsville-Danville district, this Danville-South Boston district will function as a good compromise if the court does not request changes to districts in this area of the state.
Matthew Savage
This map separates greater Falls Church into FOUR districts, which is absolutely unacceptable. The City of Falls Church should be in the same district as the surrounding precincts in Fairfax County (Marshall, Shrevewood, Timber Lane, Graham & Greenway, Fort Buffalo). Residents of these precincts (who have Falls Church mailing addresses) identify more closely with Falls Church than we do with Merrifield, Vienna, Tysons, or Arlington.
Marc Sher
I live in JCC and work at W&M in Williamsburg as do most of my colleagues. JCC (especially southern) and Williamsburg are really one community. Not happy that they are now in different districts.
Marc Sher
I live in James City, work in Williamsburg (W&M). Why have JCC and Williamsburg separate? We really are one community.
Zachary Lincoln
HD-69 should be eastern New Kent, northern JCC, York County. HD-71 should be southern JCC, Williamsburg, northern Newport News
Zachary Lincoln
there is no need for part of Gloucester County is in HD-69
Zachary Lincoln
Yeah no.
Liam Fischer
Radford and Blacksburg shouldn't be split into two districts
Zachary Lincoln
Petersburg and Dinwiddie County should not be in the same district
Zachary Lincoln
Add Ashland, Glen Allen into a district with northern Henrico County
Zachary Lincoln
Brents Mill, Battlefield, Lees Hill should be in HD-65
Zachary Lincoln
Add Centerpointe Precinct into HD-9
Zachary Lincoln
Add Cardinal and Burke precincts to HD-18
Zachary Lincoln
Add Pioneer precinct into HD-17
Zachary Lincoln
Radford should be in the same district as Blacksburg
Zachary Lincoln
City of Radford should be in the same district as Blacksburg/VA Tech
Zachary Lincoln
Add Pioneer Precinct into HD-17
Zachary Lincoln
Add Cardinal Precinct from HD15 to HD18