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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.
Gratiot County and Isabella Counties share an RESD. Please do not split them across 2 different Congressional Districts.
This map makes a lot of sense. It contains the common interests of large minority groups, urban centers (greater Grand Rapids and Muskegon), large healthcare centers, furniture industries, auto part industries, many of the colleges and universities of west Michigan (Grand Valley State, MSU College of Medicine, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University, Calvin University, Cornerstone University, Muskegon Community College, Aquinas College, Western Michigan University Grand Rapids, Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, and others), transportation centers (Grand Rapids Airport, Muskegon Airport, Amtrak, Greyhound Bus Lines, The Rapid bus service, Muskegon Area Transit System, and Lakeshore Transit), and includes the primary interstates of West Michigan, I96, I196, and a major corridor of US 131. The populations of greater Grand Rapids and Muskegon compose the majority of the district and have enduring and common interests. The area is accepting of many religions and there is little religious prejudice.
This is the only map the Commission has drawn for a Congressional District including the Grand Rapids area that has a small Democratic voting majority. The other maps I see are Republican. There are many Democratic voters in West Michigan and they need to be represented fairly. Looks like adding Muskegon does this. Both cities are very similar. Also, there are many Black and Hispanic people in Muskegon and Grand Rapids. They need a representative to support them. Thanks for all your efforts.
This district map gives a voice to the centers of largest minority populations in West Michigan (182,000 people total). Grand Rapids has the largest minority population in West Michigan and Muskegon has a large population as well -This is a significant minority vote which deserves not to be diluted. - Per the 1965/1975 Voting Rights Act, the minority population in West Michigan needs to be properly represented. - Minority issues of equal opportunity, inclusion and human rights are continuing issues to be monitored and addressed This map which includes Grand Rapids and Muskegon have much in common – so a Representative would not have to deal with conflicting priorities. -Has Like Communities of Interest -Significant center of Health Care Providers -Concentration of the 11 primary higher education institutions in West Michigan -Includes the primary Interstate freeways in West Michigan and their intersection (Interstates 96 and 131) these roads are corridors for the concentration of business and residential areas and attractions in West Michigan. -These two city areas make up 77% of the population of this Congressional district -There is a significant content of West Michigan manufacturing – automotive, office furniture, aerospace Makeup of district is predominately working class. -Much of the population lives in a more densely packed city environment -There is a need for low-cost housing -City services, fire/police/emergency service and public transportation are important -Minority interaction with law enforcement has been an issue -Public school education has challenges- The other congressional map options drawn by the commission for the area including Grand Rapids disenfranchise the concentration of Democratic voters in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Grand Rapids area in the #202/#203 map includes 492,000 people in the six-city area with 53% Democrats and the Muskegon area includes 104,000 people 56% Democrats. This is the significant concentration of Democratic voters in West Michigan and it should not be subject to gerrymander cracking. All the surrounding areas are strong Republican no matter how they are configured. This map 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. The only other option for a Congressional District in West Michigan that supports the minority population and the large number of Democratic Voters with Grand Rapids as the basis is Map #201 which shows a district from Grand Rapids south to Kalamazoo. The size and importance of Grand Rapids is deserving to be the cornerstone of a Congressional District -Grand Rapids is second largest city in the State 565,000 people in the six-city area– Twice the size or larger than the next 8 biggest all around the Detroit area including Lansing. -Center of activity in West Michigan – It is the busy center of commerce, urban/suburban residential population, entertainment, health care, higher education, air and land transportation, employment, and shopping. Adding Muskegon just reinforces these features.
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.
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!!!
This map and the 10-04-21 CD V3B better group communities in the Oakland/Macomb/Washtenaw county area than many of the other maps (including the 10-05-21 sets). I live in Milan, and while it is divided rural/suburban, many of our residents work in Saline, Ann Arbor, and other cities north of us. This map reflects that our community has more in common with Saline than the rural south of the entire State. I also feel that this map through Oakland and Macomb Country is a better way to group those communities.
Catherine A Macomber
I support this map. The northern half of Bay county aligns well with the rest of the Watershed given the proximity to the Saginaw Bay coastline.
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.
Regarding map #202 for US Congressional Districts, I like this map. It puts together in one district the Tri-Cities of Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw, a real community of interest, sharing many resources and economic interests and cultural and educational interests. It places norther/western Midland County with Gladwin and Isabella and Clare Counties, all decidedly rural and so different from the City of Midland which is definitely NOT rural. I know lots of folks have mentioned the flooding and watershed mgmt. requiring Midland & Gladwin to be linked—well they don’t realize that the Saginaw Bay watershed, of which our Tittabawassee is part—covers 22 counties! That watershed mgmt. can be managed by state entities and by Michigan legislature. There is no reason to require it to be linked for federal representation. There are reasons to put the Tri-Cities together with Flint for shared representation—linked industrial sectors (cars & chemicals) along with cultural (restaurants, theater groups, orchestras, etc.), and educational—shared sports leagues and colleges. Thanks for proposing this very representative District 5!
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.
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.
Please don't take the city of Midland away from the rest of the county. We want to be kept as one congressional district.
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.
I really like this map. Midland is a vital part of the Tri-Cities and shares many infastructure concerns with the other industrial cities of Bay City, Saginaw and Flint. I have lived in Midland for over 30 years and know many people through work, schools and volunteering. I have yet to meet one person that is a farmer in the city of Midland so to say we are a farming community is so strange. On the other hand almost all the people I know either work for Dow, Corteva, Dupont or the hospital. Those companies make up the biggest economic base for our community and they have more in common with Nexter, McLaren Bay Regional Center and General Motors.
This map is excellent! It puts Midland in with other urban cities that share similar industrial based infastructure. Midland is an urban center with several Fortune 500 compaies not a rural town. But we do share a lot of environmental amenities with close rural cities like Sanford so this is a perfect compromise. It also puts Tusacola with the thumb which will serve that community better.
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.
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.
Please do not divide Muskegon. Our unique lakeshore concerns will be overshadowed by big city Grand Rapids if you do.
i really like this map because it respects the COI that are shared by the City of Midland, the Tri Cities and Flint. The city of Midland has very little in common with the vast rural areas to the north and west of the city. We share the watershed issues, and we have a shared water source. There are vast economic and cultural opportunities and we make up the Great Lakes Bay region! People from Bay City, Saginaw and Flint drive to Midland for work at Dow Chemical and all of its subsidiaries. People who live in Midland drive to Bay City,Saginaw and Flint for employment at Nexteer, GM plants, Consumers Power, Michigan Sugar, along with many others. We are tightly connected on many levels as the Tri Cities and Flint. Not to mention the Airports, Hospitals with various areas of specialization and Universities we share. This map really delivers a map that makes perfect sense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allison M Wilcox
Putting the city of Midland in a district with Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint is excellent! We really do have more in common with those urban/suburban parts of the state than with the rural areas to the west. The issue of flooding is not the only issue facing the City of Midland, so lumping us with rural Midland county and Gladwin because we were impacted by the dam failures in 2020 is not the way to go for congressional districts. On the federal level, infrastructure issues like improving roads, dams, and water systems is something that the entire state is united on, so putting the city of Midland with rural areas is not necessary.
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
Wow!!! I like this District 11 a lot! You've put Midland in with District 11, and not just the city. You put Tuscola County with the Thumb district where it belongs. And Saginaw, Bay and Genesee are kept whole. This is a great district. I know Arenac would like to be with Bay for good reason, but we unfortunately can't have every ask from every group. This helps to create closer to zero political bias. I don't know how the rest of this map weighs out, but this district is close to the one I drew in the zero political bias map I created.
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.
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.
Please do not place Midland with Saginaw and Flint.
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.
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
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
Cassandra M Foley
I like this district 5 for several reasons. Thank you for keeping the Tri-Cities united and in the same district as Flint. This makes sense because of so many shared interests among these counties. I also like that the boundaries align with the county lines. This would be a strong district for my area. Thank you for your hard work!
These districts make way more sense than previous versions. A relatively compact Macomb, Oakland, and two compact Wayne districts with adjustments made to satisfy other criteria
William N Wilson
This and 10-04-21 CD V3B AE for Macomb makes much more sense then maps 10-05-21 V1 CD, 10-05-21 V1 CD DW
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