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Joan Long
I think Cascade township and East Grand Rapids should be included in the north Kent County districts. They are aligned with Ada township in terms of community of interest. They are part of the Greater Grand Rapids Metro area of businesses and shopping.
Mary Fenske
Cascade Township definitely needs to be included in the north Kent County district senate map for fair representation to ensure keeping community of interest together. The current map shows no relationship when clearly Cascade is closely aligned with Ada Township. In addition, there alignment with Grand Rapids area businesses and shopping. This correlation is not reflected at all in the current map.
Cindy Mader
Cascade, Ada and East Grand Rapids should be included in the northern district #24. They are neighborhood communities. They are socio-economically similar. Even though they are suburban, all three look to urban Grand Rapids for work and leisure interests. Furthermore, Cascade, Ada and East Grand Rapids do not share the housing and employment concerns of south district #23. Nor do their suburban/metropolitan interests align with those of the rural areas of Ottawa County. Recommend the following revised map to address these concerns: https://davesredistricting.org%2Fjoin%2F8f4e299e-9f02-458e-aecb-77ae231858f5&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cb01dfc4417b246480cee08d98a99a0f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637693214737600570%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=YWMZEg58rAnSlDi%2BIIVeDNSal0PmOyDil96RBbAPaow%3D&reserved=0
Cindy Mader
Cascade, Ada and East Grand Rapids should be included in the northern district #24. They are neighborhood communities. They are socio-economically similar. Even though they are suburban, all three look to urban Grand Rapids for work and leisure interests. Furthermore, Cascade, Ada and East Grand Rapids do not share the housing and employment concerns of south district #23. Nor do their suburban/metropolitan interests align with those of the rural areas of Ottawa County. Recommend the following revised map to address these concerns: https://davesredistricting.org%2Fjoin%2F8f4e299e-9f02-458e-aecb-77ae231858f5&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cb01dfc4417b246480cee08d98a99a0f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637693214737600570%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=YWMZEg58rAnSlDi%2BIIVeDNSal0PmOyDil96RBbAPaow%3D&reserved=0
Vicki Lynn Manning
Cascade is a intricate part of our community and should be added to the north Kent County district to represent our community.
Dorothy Munson
Following are comments to the latest Commission State Senate map VERSION 10-04-21 V1 HD AM SESSION and similar versions in the Greater Grand Rapids Kent County West Michigan area These changes improve the districts around Grand Rapids. This map illustrates the suggested changes map https://davesredistricting.org/join/8f4e299e-9f02-458e-aecb-77ae231858f5 1 Cascade township needs to be included in the north Kent County district senate map (shown in blue) -Has no relationship (community of interest) with the current district drawn (shown in purple)-all the way down to the state line and to Lake Michigan -The airport is there which services the city -It is closely aligned with Ada township to the north in terms of community of interest -It is an integral part of the Grand Rapids Metro area-business, shopping, neighborhoods 2 East Grand Rapids needs to be included with the north district as well -The population community of interest aligns more closely with the north More affluent, middle-class neighborhoods Little manufacturing industry Issues more consistent with the north -East Grand Rapids does not align with the south district (shown in green) in community of interest Does not have issues with low-cost housing and housing density Does not have issues to be addressed that the significant minority population in the south has More manufacturing industry and working-class areas 3 These changes provide for removing the 4 rural counties to the west in Ottawa counties from the north district -these counties do not fit into community of interest in the Kent County Grand Rapids Metro area north senate district 4 The south district will need to expand slightly further south and/or west in the Grand Rapids Metro area to make up for the slight shift of population to the north district 5 In addition, the current Commission State Senate map VERSION 10-04-21 V1 HD AM SESSION as drawn is Gerrymandered and disenfranchises the concentration of Democratic voters in the Grand Rapids Area. The south district packs Democrats into one area and provides for a Republican majority in the north when the overall percentage of democrats in the six-city area plus close townships combined area is 53.3%. And all the surrounding districts are strong Republican. The changes recommended and the suggested map https://davesredistricting.org/join/8f4e299e-9f02-458e-aecb-77ae231858f5 will help address the overall state partisan fairness that is currently leaning Republican rather than Democratic as it should according to the overall state voting percentages.
Merlin Steffes
Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and East Grand Rapids should be a senate district. Why are you splitting Grand Rapids.
Sonja Marie Patrick
This map splits Calhoun County 3 ways. It is hard enough trying to help people find community resources when you're broken up into 2 districts. 3 districts would make things worse. Also Battle Creek is the resource hub for all of Calhoun County. All of our community agencies, resources, educations systems, military systems are located in Battle Creek, with a few in Marshall (such as our county seat & Veterans ID card service). We need a legislators who are focused on the people living in Calhoun County and being able to get them the help they need, when they need it. Community Action Agency is very important to struggling families, disabled Veterans, Senior citizens. They provide several programs/services in Calhoun, Barry, Branch, & St. Joseph Counties.
cheryl scales
This map is better, but I think it would be better to have Algoma and Courtland with Rockford and move Coopersville toward Ravenna, similar communities.
Catherine A Macomber
I cannot support this map. I do not understand the splitting up of northern Bay County into two districts. I think there needs to be some consideration of the community of northern Bay County as a community of interest that affiliates more with southern Bay County than with the northern or central parts of the state.
Jack Bengtsson
Still don't like 20 stretching from Berrien to Kent. Not sure that's the best configuration for 3 and 21. 26 is okay, but I'm not sure dipping down into Hillsdale is all that necessary.
Alexander Gavulic
I'm fine with this district - it's highly competitive and unites Communities of Interest in middle and western Oakland County. HOWEVER, it could achieve the same result while being much more compact if Highland and Milford Townships were removed and the rest of Independence and Orion Townships were added in. As a resident of Independence Township, I feel that those areas are more aligned to our Detroit exurb community than much more rural Highland and Milford.
Lisa
Better than many of the other maps I have seen, but why is Birmingham separated from Bloomfield and Beverly Hills and in a district with Royal Oak? Sterling Heights does not belong with Rochester and Oakland Township. Makes no sense. Map needs some tweaking.
Daniel Harris
If you are going to insist on drawing messy lines to connect together cities in separate counties for the US House map for the sake of keeping urban areas together, then you should be consistent and connect similar urban areas together in the same State Senate districts. Example - the city of Grand Rapids should be kept whole in one district rather than split between two districts. Grand Rapids plus Kentwood plus East Grand Rapids has almost exactly the correct population for one district and is a clear community of interest. Another example - Lansing and East Lansing are clearly connected and similar communities that are right next to each other that belong in the same seat. In fact about 94% of Ingham County could be one district on its own.
Shuvra Das
District 16 in this senate map will make better sense if Madison Heights is included with Troy. That is a natural community of interest linkage than having Oaklad Charter Township in the same district. So it would be better to add madisson heights to 16 and take out Oakland charter township.