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John Michael Elsen
This map does not represent the values or culture Midland has for ESG. We have a legacy with Bay City and Saginaw, but none with Flint. The future of Midland is to the North and West. Midland need to continue its focus on the environment and not have it diluted by communities to the South.
Gratiot and Isabella Counties share an RESD. Please do not split them across 2 different Congressional Districts.
What is the purpose of this tail on Dist 11? That almost seems blatant gerrymandering. It strikes me that adjustments could be made to 10 and 11 to avoid this if the rationale is population consistency.
Lisa S Kamil
The 6/7 and 7/6 is much fairer than the older maps
I see comments from people from Midland saying we are similar to Saginaw and Flint. This can't be farther from the truth. We have no similarities with these two cities. Their big issues are poor schools and high crime rates. Midland has some of the best schools and a very low crime rate. People in Midland do not typically go shopping in Flint or Saginaw. This is just not accurate at all. We have much more in common with the rural counties of Gladwin, Isabella and Arenac counties especially because of the ongoing issues with the dams and flooding.
Please consider this districting. It makes sense to include the tri-city area and the Great lakes Bay Region.
I have lived in Midland for over 30 years. I strongly dislike dividing Midland County up. We share our watershed issues with Gladwin county and our city has much more in common with our rural neighbors than Saginaw and Flint. Combining the city of Midland with Flint and Saginaw will hurt all involved. Saginaw and Flint need representatives to deal with inner city urban issues and the lead issue. Midland needs help with watershed and flooding issues. Don't dilute our representative's efforts by asking them to deal with completely different issues.
Standish is a whole other world, its not the same as the rest of the counties on this map. With all due respect has the commission traveled our region? Keep us north of 55 if possible.
This district is great, Midland should be included with the rest of the Tri-cites and flint which this map has. If people really insist on keeping Midland county whole, then take a lit bit of western Saginaw county off as that is very rural. Do not, under any circumstance, include Arenac or Tuscola county with this district as those counties are extremely rural. Please include this district in your final plan.
I have a lot of family in the tri-cities area. I like that this plan keeps them together because they are definitely connected. I can see there is a lot of disagreement about splitting Midland county vs. splitting the tri-cities. A compromise would be to do neither. You could extend the district to take all of Midland county and then trim off some of Bay or Saginaw county.
Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are closely intertwined and should be kept together. We share an airport, watershed council, and several economic development initiatives. It would be absurd to split us up.
I live in Norton Shores and work in Muskegon public schools. Our school district is a majority students of color including one third Black and 10% Latinx. Nearly 90% of our students receive free or reduced lunch and 25% don't have internet at home. This is the reality of living in a community faced with historical racism and disinvestment. Our kids face real challenges that students in white, more affluent schools generally do not. It is essential that we be grouped with other diverse communities facing similar challenges so that we will have a representative who is fighting for our kids and making sure we have the funding we need to give them the same opportunities their white peers have. #BlackKidsMatter
I really like how district 11 is drawn. It well represents the community by including the entirety of Warren and Grosspointe which are more closely related to such a community than northern areas such as Washington and New Haven.
I am focused on Midland, being a 30+-year resident. I really like this proposed approach, which keeps the long-time Tri-Cities, now known as the Great Lakes Bay Region, together. Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw form a community of interest based on shared economic, cultural, educational, and functional aspects. We have an industrial base in Midland, not an agricultural one and District 5 as drawn in map #144 recognizes this. Examples of each of these aspects include: employers (Dow & other chemical manufacturers, GM & associated automobile/supply companies); SVSU & Delta College & Northwood University and high school sports leagues; our orchestras and theater groups, restaurants, and water sports; and the MBS airport. We are a suburban/urban area that fits quite well with Flint in order to provide reasonable Congressional representation. District 5 of this map (#144) does a great job of combining these communities of interest to ensure that representation. Yes, it splits Midland County, but Midland County can be represented as a whole at the State level (both House & Senate) to ensure all the communities of interest have a voice. Certainly, western Midland County is more rural, as are Gladwin County & Isabella County; this map puts all those more rural parts together, ensuring a combined representation of their more rural interests. Clearly counties will need to be split-up in this redistricting effort to meet all the requirements; this proposed split of Midland County is a reasonable approach that I wholly support. Please adopt District 5 as shown in this map #144!
I live in Muskegon Heights. Don't put us in a 90% White district
Cassandra M Foley
Even though this map splits Midland County, it is a logical split. The western section is definitely more rural and shares educational and agricultural interests with District 7. I approve of this plan to unite the Tri-Cities! I live in Midland and know how much we share with Bay City and Saginaw. Our support of Delta College and SVSU and of our international airport are just two examples. Please adopt this map. Thank you for all your work!
Please don't put Muskegon and Muskegon Heights in a 90% White district
I really like this configuration of the Tri-Cites being kept together as well as adding Flint with it. These areas have many industrial similarities. I will also note, that many people are saying to keep their counties together, even though it is impossible to keep every county whole. So some county has to be split somewhere, and this split in Midland county is one in which I agree with.
Battle Creek belongs with Kalamazoo
This is a good start for Western MI, but more can be done to unite communities of color. I think district 3 needs to absorb Muskegon, which can be done in a compact way. District 6 should then take more of Southern Ottawa county. District 6 should also take Battle Creek. District 2 can then absorb Barry. District 7 can absorb rest of Cass and southern Berrien (south of St. Joseph). This should get you pretty close but you'll need to shift some things for population still. Please try to minimize the diluting of communities of color here and draw a plan that doesn't crack our major population centers in Western MI across 4 districts.
I live in Hastings, the seat of Barry county. Barry is a very rural district and we don't fit well with district 6 here which includes mostly urban and suburban areas like Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Holland. I think we'd make more sense in district 2 or 7 which are more rural.
I like that this map keeps the City of Midland with the Tri-Cities and Flint. Its economic base is industrial, not agricultural and needs appropriate representation as such. Dow is more than 1/3 of tax base and without it the small businesses that thrive in this city wouldn't exist. I have lived in rural Midland county and the city and I can attest to the different needs of each area as well. Midland is a city with a large international industrial business as its main economic base, it has a vibrant theater and arts community that connects in many ways with the Tri-Cities and Flint including theater productions and art shows that incorporate people from all these cities, and many of our non-profits have regional directors that serve the entire area, not just one city. We have been called the Tri-Cities as well as Mid-Michigan for a long time and our TV and radio stations are the same ones. There are so many reasons that this region needs a representative that can focus on the needs of these communities.
This is, by far, the best map.
It seems like districts 12 and 13 unfairly pack a large amount of Dem leaning voters into two districts. While I understand it's unavoidable to a certain extent, I hope the the the final map fairly represents the even partisan split in our state.
Regarding districts 1 and 2 - I think that the North East and North Central portion of the lower peninsula align much more with the upper peninsula than the Lake Michigan shoreline. I'd suggest a district with the UP and NE Lower Penn. and a District that covers Lake Michigan from the Bridge down to Muskegon and including the chain of lakes. Thanks!
Regarding district 5 - I do think it makes sense to group the tri cities (Saginaw, Bay City, Midland) and Flint given their congruent interests and close geographic proximity to one another.
(Bonnie) Jill Haver-Crissman
Focusing on District 5, I like this map! This finally would give the citizens of the City of Midland, Bay City, Saginaw and the metropolitan area of Flint representation. We can keep Midland County together in a house district and in a Congressional district. I also agree with the points made by Kenneth Shoon regarding the rest of this map. Please adopt this map or something very close to it. Thank you for your attention to fair maps!
Midland Should not be separated from Gladwin and the rest of the watershed. The City of Midland greatly affected by the flood and has different issues/interests than Saginaw and Bay City.
I feel this map doesn't adequately enfranchise the people of the Upper Peninsula like our current district does. Please keep our district to the Upper Peninsula and the Northern Lower Peninsula. This map is taking up too much of central Michigan, and in doing so it wrongly carves up some of the central counties. Please try to keep more to county lines
This map (as others) fails the partisan fairness test. Jackson should be with Ann Arbor. Battle Creek with Kalamazoo. Dem voters are either packed or divided. Not what Prop 2 was all about. We need purple districts.
The City of Midland should not be separated from the rest of Midland County. The City of Midland also has significantly different issues and interests than Saginaw and Bay City. Additionally, Midland and Gladwin Counties should be kept together as we share extremely important interests in our infrastructure and watershed, as we learned in the 2020 dam failures. These communities need to be represented together.
My immediate impression: this map makes sense! A big improvement from the current map and from the other plans presented. Please adopt this map. This map is VRA compliant, and the majority-minority 13th District brings together clear communities of interest along the Detroit River. It makes much more sense to combine Ann Arbor with the Western Wayne County and Western Oakland County suburbs than with the Downriver suburbs. The 9th district brings together the bulk of Oakland County’s diverse, relatively affluent suburbs minus those that are joined with Ann Arbor. Madison Heights and Hazel Park are divided from neighboring Royal Oak and Ferndale, but they share characteristics with diverse, neighboring Warren as well, including similar voting patterns and median household income. Their inclusion in the 11th district brings together a more working class constituency than if this district were to include more exurban neighborhoods in northern Macomb County. District 10 clearly represents more rural and exurban communities of interest. While there seems to be a vocal and organized contingent of folks on here who believe that Midland should be grouped with more rural areas to the north and west… were not Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw once called the Tri-Cities? The U.S. Census Bureau identifies these three cities as a combined statistical area, the Saginaw-Midland-Bay City CSA, meaning that they share quantifiable economic and social ties. These jurisdictions share a regional airport. This map keeps 90% of Midland County’s population together along with 100% of neighboring Bay and Saginaw Counties, and if Midland County is not split, another county will be. Outside Metro Detroit, District 5 does a great job bringing together the metropolitan areas adjacent to I-75, while rural communities in Mid-Michigan and the Thumb are represented in Districts 2 and 10.
Splits Midland County
Carol Jean Cushman
Dislike. Don't divide Midland
While I appreciate the 11th District's general shape, I am not a fan of the way Southeast Oakland is split up. I believe that this district would work better if Ferndale, Berkley, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, and Huntington Woods were kept together with Madison Heights and Hazel Park, and then this allow more rural areas in Northern Macomb to be better represented.
We cannot let the Democrats become Big Brother.
I strongly oppose linking Midland with Flint in this map. I am concerned with this map even being suggested as there is no way proper representation for the citizens in Midland to be represented by the same interests that would be seen in Flint. Two totally different communities with totally different dynamics that need representation
I strongly disagree with this map. This map puts Midland in with Flint. I have no understanding why anyone would present this map in good conscience. Not sure what commissioner Eid was thinking. Maybe someone on the commission should ask.There is nothing that Midland and Flint have in common, other than we are both located in Michigan. Unfortunately I think that simply covers the reason why not to approve this map.
I love this map! As a resident of Melvindale, I'm very pleased to see my town included with the rest of Downriver. The only thing I'd change would be to swap the townships of Sumpter, Augusta, and Huron to District 8, and consequently swapping areas near Chelsea and Lyndon Township to District 7. Other than that, this is the best map I've seen from the commission. I hope this one gets adopted!
Deborah Plaver & Frank Michael Plaver
This makes no sense to separate the city of Midland from the County of Midland
Any redistricting that separates Gladwin County from Midland County or separates the City of Midland from the County of Midland; separates the environmental, social and economic interest of Midland and Gladwin Counties. Speaking, as a resident of Edenville township, that touches both Wixom and Sanford Lake, with family businesses in the City of Midland, a redistricting map, that doesn’t keep Gladwin and Midland connected fails to understand the amount of employment interconnection that exists in these counties, as well the social structure of the community and their historical links. Also, the linkage of the environmental drivers of the Tittabawassee watershed and the importance of its management for the environment, recreation, and public safety, an importance that was highlighted last year, with the 2020 flood, which many of us will be focusing on for the next several years in the recovery and restoration of this watershed and the economic and environmental value it can bring.
This map does not make sense. I agree it makes no sense to split up Midland County. Also it does not go enough west or north into the watershed areas that will now need lots of congressional attention and help with local oversite.
I find this map to offer representation for Bay City and County, for Saginaw and County, and For Flint and Genesee, as well as for the populous part of Midland, ie. Midland City. While the NH White population is high, I believe that taking population west, east or north will only increase that figure. I like this map. My focus is on District 5.
This is a very bad map. It does not recognize the civic, social, and economic ties of Arenac County or the Great Lakes Bay Region. Arenac and Bay county share a lot in common - they even used to be the same county. Please keep out communities of interest together and do not split us from the Great Lakes Bay Region. Also, why would the City of Midland be carved out from its county? That is separating very obvious communities of interest.
I agree with the others. Midland County should not be spit up. We are one governing body. Thanks
Carl L Hamann
This map does not represent the positions and views of the residence of Midland county
This map is not make sense for Midland Co
I dislike this map very much. No one from Midland County will benefit from this. Taking a third of the county from us? Who would benefit? Not the citizens of that area.
Matthew J Smith
Terrible map-dislike this split of Midland- does not have Midland interest- not a good map
I do not like this map. It makes no sense to split up Midland county. Our county is a community of interest that should be maintained.
Strongly dislike. Midland County should not be split up. Our watershed with our rural communities is one of our top issues and should not be broken apart. City of Midland is aligned with our rural neighbors not big cities.
The district labeled "5" is not acceptable - chopping off a third of Midland County? No.
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