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10-04-21 CD V3a AE
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2020 Census PL 94.171 Data
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John Michael Elsen
This map does not reflect the values of Midland and the surrounding communities. Midland is growing to the North and West. We have a legacy with Bay City and Saginaw, but none with Flint. We must continue our focus on ESG.
Stefanie Sedlar
Gratiot County and Isabella Counties share an RESD. Please do not split them across 2 different Congressional Districts.
MARCIA BLACKSON
Keep all of Midland County together with its west and north boundary counties. You have supposedly spent the last two weeks reading through all the reasons expressed by the citizens therefore hearing "all" the very good reasons to keep Midland County intact with our northwest neighbors. Not sure why we have to say it over and over again and then not see any corrective actions implemented.
Lisa
Western and Northern Oakland County does not belong in a district with the Thumb. Do you actually think that all these residents will receive adequate representation in this configuration?
Sonja Marie Patrick
Battle Creek is the metro area for Calhoun County. All of our resources come from Battle Creek. BATTLE CREEK DOES NOT BELONG WITH KALAMAZOO!!!
Aaron Majorana
Unfortunately, this map looks like the very definition of gerrymandering. It makes absolutely no sense to divide up Midland County just as it would make no sense to divide up Saginaw and Bay Counties. There is a far greater community between Midland, Midland County, and Gladwin Counties because they were all heavily affected by the flooding that occurred in 2020. By dividing up Midland, you are dividing up a unified voice for flood recovery. It's interesting that one comment here claims that federal representation is somehow not important to flood recovery. Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) funding was granted to help in flood recovery. There needs to be a unified congressional district to represent these areas instead of splitting over two congressional districts and therefore two congressmen or congresswomen how have to coordinate to get disaster relief. Keep Midland together with Midland and Gladwin counties for a unified voice in flood recovery.
Mary J Quehl
This is the worst representation of a map for the city of Midland. We would be seperated from Midland County, then put in with metropolatan areas such as Bay City, Saginaw and Flint. This is in direct conflict with our community of interest. My husband's cousins own over 1000 acres of land less than 5 miles north of me on the same road that i get on to to leave my neighborhood. We are a rural community and should not be separated from Midland County north of us as well as Isabella and Gratiot counties. We share nothing in common with Saginaw and Flint,, nor do they share anything in common with us. When I look at comments about people living in the larger surrounding metro cities like Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint but driving to Midland to work here, thus this makes us similar in community of interest, this is absolutely ridiculous. When I worked as a respiratory therapist for some of my career I did work in Bay City and Saginaw. However, I did not choose to live there because the larger metro cities did not fit my lifestyle and belief structures. That is why I drove there and did not live there. I mean no disrespect but in these regards, which is a part of community of interest, we have nothing in common with those metro cities. We have more in common with Midland County and the surrounding rural communities. I have stated previously that I know people that have suffered significant or total home loss and/or loss of their waterfront property due to the flood of 2020 that live in the city of Midland, Sanford, and Beaverton. This map will most likely prevent everyone from receiving the assistance to get things back by separating the representation. This map seems to be clearly in conflict with the guidelines set in place by the constitution in Michigan which the commissioners are supposed to go by. It clearly states that the commission shall abide by the following criteria in proposing and adopting each plan, in order of priority: (a) Districts shall be of equal population as mandated by the United States constitution, and shall comply with the voting rights act and other federal laws. (b) Districts shall be geographically contiguous. Island areas are considered to be contiguous by land to the county of which they are a part. (c) Districts shall reflect the state's diverse population and communities of interest. Communities of interest may include, but shall not be limited to, populations that share cultural or historical characteristics or economic interests. Communities of interest do not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates. (d) Districts shall not provide a disproportionate advantage to any political party. A disproportionate advantage to a political party shall be determined using accepted measures of partisan fairness. (e) Districts shall not favor or disfavor an incumbent elected official or a candidate. (f) Districts shall reflect consideration of county, city, and township boundaries. (g) Districts shall be reasonably compact. Please follow these guidelines and as a result this map should be eliminated and put us back to a map similar to seen in map #187 where the commissioners seemed to understand and put the map where it should be. Not sure what happened, but there seems to be a significant shift in the number of maps that put Midland back with Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint. This is very disconcerting and also questionable to me. I believe that the commissioners should look into both who is putting these maps in at this late hour, as well as what the motivation may be. Please do not use this map.
Dennis Quehl
I respectively disagree with Jim Morrisey's comments on living in Midland for 30 years and that we have more in common with the larger metro areas of Saginaw and Flint because farming has nothing to do with the city of Midland. As well he stated that we have more in common with the larger metro areas because of Nexteer, and McLaren Health Care hospital. This could not be further from the truth. These larger metro areas are union areas, and Midland overall is not, nor does it operate in the community of interest like that. Also I worked at MidMichigan Health in Midland for over 40 years and we have nothing in common with McLaren. We do not refer any patients there and never have. If a patient needs to be transferred we send them to the U of M in Ann Arbor. We were the first healthcare system the the U of M decided to become affiliated with because we have hospitals in Alma, Gladwin, and Clare as well as others and we have similar beliefs within our healthcare system, not with McLaren. THat id also why we were picked for an affiliation with the U of M and McLaren was not.
Justin Scott
Please don't take the city of Midland away from the rest of the county. We want to be kept as one congressional district.
Dennis Quehl
The "LIKE" comments stating that Midland is like Saginaw and Flint's COI community of interest because we have a fortune 500 company here and many people from Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint work here has absolutely no bearing on the COI. Working in a city and living in another city does not mean that there is COI because of that. I totally disagree with the "like" comments seen in this portal that state; living in Bay City and working in Midland does not make you a resident of Midland. If you wanted to be totally connected to the community of interest of Midland you would live in Midland. I had 6 staff at the medical center in Midland that lived in Essexville, Flint, north of Detroit, north of Lansing, Bridgeport ,... They chose to work in Midland but wanted to live elsewhere because it better fit their community of interest. We share nothing in common with these other communities. Regarding the watershed similarities we share more in common with Midland County, Isabella, and Gratiot regarding the Titabawasee, Chipewa, Tobacco, and Pine rivers that come together in Midland. Especially north of us where we have a significant COI with the flood of 2020 where we are all in the same boat waiting on funding to restore us. That watershed did not flood Bay City and Saginaw, or Flint. I ask that the commissioners NOT BE FOOLED by these "like" comments that do not make common sense nor pass the "smell" test. They just want to dilute our votes in Midland, they are not concerned about our community of interest or appropriate representation.
Mike Scott
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.
Pamela Buchholz
I love this map! I definitely think Midland connects most with Bay City - Saginaw - Flint. I live in Homer Township, about 3 miles south of Sanford and my daughter lives in Larkin. However, we both connect with Midland for schools, doctors, exercise programs, church and shopping. I know friends who live in Sanford would say the same because I see them in those places. For medical specialists, I head to Bay City or Saginaw. For more extensive shopping, to Saginaw or Flint. For regional church gatherings, I head to Flint or Clarkston. Those are all part of my "home" area. Even though I am equidistant between Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw, it never crosses my mind to go to Mt. Pleasant for doctors or shopping. They are not part of my Tri-City community. I appreciate the unity of interest represented by this map as well as the diversity of race and economic status.
Ted Dyson
Please do not divide Muskegon. Our unique lakeshore concerns will be overshadowed by big city Grand Rapids if you do.
Laura Gray
This map ignores the communities of interest of Midland and Gladwin for flood recovery and watershed management, as well as the agricultural community of interest that benefits from representation that understands the importance of agriculture here in Midland and Central Michigan. Midland County should be kept whole in this process and be included in a district that is representative of the innately rural agriculture base that makes up Central Michigan.
Jennifer Anway
Midland County is home to more than 500 farms covering 88,000 acres. The needs of our community are different from those of big cities like Saginaw and Flint.
cheryl scales
This map is better, but keep Kent County together. Moving Muskegon and Grand Haven together makes sense, but sending northern Kent County and Muskegon County to the north does not.
Jesseca Elza
The residents of Midland County want to be kept together in one congressional district for many community interests as well for the surrounding “communities of interests” that we share. My family lives in all areas of Midland County, many within just miles of city limits, and my immediate family lives less than 2 miles from the City of Midland. We were all affected by the recent flooding in both 2017 and 2020. The downtown Midland area within the City of Midland was drastically affected. As a result of the conditions downtown, all surrounding areas were directly affected as water spilled over and backed up from the merging rivers, thus affecting those living outside the city limits. Removing the city of Midland will result in a major setback in our flood recovery and flood management efforts. Gladwin County needs to remain in the same district to ensure continuity and a united effort in our flood recovery and watershed management. The City of Midland does not belong in a district with larger urban centers, Saginaw and Flint. It appears that the Commission is attempting to dilute the voices of the Midland community.
Michelle Smith
Your proposed map will result in a major setback in our flood recovery and flood management efforts. This also dilutes the voices of the Midland community by adding them into larger urban centers with Flint and Saginaw. Strongly dislike this map
Matthew J Smith
Your proposed map will result in a major setback in our flood recovery and flood management efforts. The Commission appears to be ignoring the constitution which requires that they use ‘communities of interest’ to draw fair maps. Instead it appears that the Commission is trying to dilute the voices of the Midland community by adding them into larger urban centers with Flint and Saginaw. Strongly dislike
Carl L Hamann
This map that separates Gladwin county from Midland county make NO SENSE!!!! We have suffered from an catastrophic disaster last year !! Along with Gladwin county the county of Midland is struggling to return to some kind of "normal". The 2 counties have been working together to return our lake back to the way they were before the dam failures. As a councilman of the Village of Sanford I strongly oppose this map.
jane scott
This map does not represent the needs of the city of Midland and Midland County. We have nothing in common with Flint and Saginaw. Midland is tightly connected to our rural neighbors through our shared watershed, especially Gladwin County and our agricultural communities. The commission appears to be ignoring the constitution which requires that they use "communities of interest" to draw fair maps. Instead it appears that the Commission is trying to dilute the voices of the Midland Community by adding them into the larger urban centers of Flint and Saginaw.
Natalie Gingras Hazen
The residents of Midland County want to be kept together in one, westward facing congressional district. Please do not carve out the City of Midland from the rest of the county. It appears that the Commissioners have a misunderstanding on the 2020 flooding. The City of Midland had major flooding along with the flooding in Sanford and in Gladwin County. That’s why it is so important that Midland County remain in its entirety and Gladwin County needs to remain in the same district to ensure continuity and a united effort in our recovery. Your proposed map will result in a major setback in our flood recovery and flood management efforts. The Commission appears to be ignoring the constitution which requires that they use ‘communities of interest’ to draw fair maps. Instead it appears that the Commission is trying to dilute the voices of the Midland community by adding them into larger urban centers with Flint and Saginaw. This map ignores the communities of interest of Midland and Gladwin for flood recovery and watershed management; as well as the agricultural community of interest that benefits from representation that understands the importance of agriculture here in Midland and Central Michigan. Midland County is home to more than 500 farms covering 88,000 acres. The needs of our community are different from those of big cities like Saginaw and Flint. Midland County should be kept whole in this process and be included in a district that is representative of the innately rural agriculture base that makes up Central Michigan.
RODNEY KLOHA
Please do not place Midland with Saginaw and Flint.
KIM HOLZHAUER
Thank you to the Commission for your hard work on this massive undertaking. This map, however, is not representative of what the County of Midland is about. This map removes the county seat for the County of Midland and puts it in a separate district from the entire remainder of Midland County, which is definitely not in the best interests of this area. The extremely well attended annual Midland County Fair, held in the City of Midland, is a great example of how important agriculture and rural life are for this district. Additionally, there are many years of work ahead in this watershed district to make whole the dams and lake systems after the major flooding event in 2020. These are very important communities of interest within the counties of Midland and Gladwin, as well as the other counties west of Midland.
Carter Houtman
At no point should Midland ever be included with Flint or Saginaw, and Midland county should never be split apart. Anyone who’s ever visited midland knows that there is no singly part anywhere in the county or city that resembles any of the district it was drawn into. Listen to residents. It’s your job.
David E KeplerII
Splitting midland county in two and sperating it from its western half and disconnecting it from gladwin, is agianst the natural floor of these communities work together
Yousif
This doesnt represent Troy, Rochester Hills and Sterling Heights. These AE maps really dilutes those communities. Please use This version: 10-05-21 v1 CD