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2020 Census PL 94.171 Data
I want to thank the commissioners for recognizing that Arenac County is part of the Great Lakes Bay Region and is closing aligned to Bay County in their Congressional Map #187. Please consider recognizing and keeping our communities of interest together in the senate maps as well.
Map is generally reasonable. Muskegon is grouped well with other shoreline communities with shared interests. It would be nice however if the remaining three townships of our county could be included in the same district.
Naomi Siegel Morse
At the public hearing in Kalamazoo, plenty of people spoke in favor of putting Battle Creek and Kalamazoo in the same Senate district. We share a regional airport, have many other economic ties, and this map connects the I-94 corridor in this area. This map also keeps most of Kalamazoo County together. I'm most concerned that Oshtemo and Texas Townships remain in the same district as Kalamazoo and Portage. Those two townships are suburban areas with very strong ties to Kalamazoo and Portage. Texas and Oshtemo Townships are not rural areas. Amongst the many connections these two townships have with Kalamazoo and Portage, Oshtemo kids attend Kalamazoo schools and Texas Township kids attend Portage schools. Please do not separate Oshtemo and Texas Townships from Kalamazoo and Portage.
Thank you for drawing this Lake St. Clair District and for keeping our Lake St. Clair COI intact. The inland industrial communities on the other side of I-94 have different interests and will outvote us every time if our COI is not kept together. One important consideration is the dumping of sewage into our lake. Although federal law requires communities to separate storm and sewer systems, there has been no enforcement. As a result, many communities, particularly the inland communities, have not separated their storm and sewer lines. This means that when there is a rain event, the system's capacity becomes overloaded and sewage is discharged into Lake St. Clair. When that happens, our beaches and lakefront amenities are shut down because their is too much sewage in the water to be safe. Imagine buying a home in a lakefront community in order to take advantage of the swimming, fishing, boating, and other lakefront amenities. Now image that some other community dumped sewage into that lake. That is reality of our area and one of the main reasons (but not the only reason) that the lakefront must be kept together. I thank you for recognizing our concerns and drawing this Lake St. Clair district to give us a voice in Lansing.
Sonja Marie Patrick
This map puts Calhoun County into 4 separate districts. This would be detrimental to all the residents here.
Sonja Marie Patrick
This map completely ignores the 100+ comments asking the commission to not include Battle Creek with Kalamazoo. Emmett Township and Marshall have absolutely nothing in common with Kalamazoo and Portage. Comments that are claiming Battle Creek and Kalamazoo should be put together are because of Andy Helmboldt, a local candidate who keeps losing elections for various political positions. He put out a call to action and had his supporters try to persuade the district lines to get rid of some of his competition. I do not know him personally and I don't have any political experience. I only found out what he is trying to do because of his blatant disregard for for where I live in Emmett Township. This map also splits up Battle Creek and pushes me away from the Veteran Community. I worked tirelessly to get the Veteran Community under the same representative and I (a Veteran) won't be included in that district. I don't care what political party a person is affiliated with. It is wrong on so many levels to push these lines to allow a landslide victory for one of the parties just so he can win election. Please change this.
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