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2020 Census PL 94.171 Data
This Michigan Senate map#213 puts the Tri-Cities: Midland, Bay City, & Saginaw, together. This is very good. We have a long history of shared communities of interest across the Tri-Cities and this map recognizes that strong & historic COI. Yes, we have COI with Midland County also, obviously as the City of Midland is the county seat, but northern/western parts of Midland County are very rural and not so connected to the urban/suburban population of the City of Midland. I know watershed has been frequently raised as an issue and a rationale to keep City of Midland with Midland County, but actually the watershed of Saginaw Bay comprises 22 counties and there is no way all of those can remain together. Thanks for putting the Tri-Cities together and especially thanks for all your important & hard work on these maps.
This map breaks up the Lake St. Clair COI (A-9 from the MGGG report) across 3 districts and the Grosse Pointes across 2 districts. My hometown of Grosse Pointe Park has been removed from the lakeshore district. Please restore the Lake St. Clair State Senate District 7. If you need to "flip" a district for partisan reasons, then please just shave a couple of points, rather than breaking up the whole COI. Or, better yet, look at a different district that is based on a clear COI. Thanks.
This map fairly groups lakeshore communities with similar concerns together, it is fairly shaped mostly along county lines, and it seems roughly evenly split with regard to partisan leanings. My city of Whitehall is a very short drive from Oceana county and in fact many people drive back and forth from there to work in my city and vice versa. Thank you for your hard work! Muskegon County has a lot of shared concerns with other cities to the north like Pentwater, Ludington and Manistee that also have maritime and tourist-focused economies.
I agree with Patrick Quist. Why are these districts so convoluted in boundaries, sprawled across vast areas instead of being more geographically compact? It just gives the impression of more gerrymandering and special interests.
Why not make District 21 the entire county of Kalamazoo, instead of carving out and adding a part of Van Buren county and removing a portion of Kalamazoo county and adding it District 3?
What rational can be given to carve this section out and attach it to district 21? District lines should be more mindful of geographical proximity and county lines. It makes me wonder what special interest is pressuring the commission to carve these special sections out from one county and to attach them to another?
Why are there so many districts on this map that have contorted shapes that divide up counties and are not more compact? Carving out parts to put in other districts gives the appearance of gerrymandering and erodes the trust of the commission. The only areas where this should occur are in and around larger cities, not less populated regions.
I do not understand the commissions obsession with putting south kent county with south haven and/or benton harbor. I do not like this arrangement. I'd much rather be part of a Kent County district. Ottawa/Barry/Allegan county is okay too.
This is an excellent map connecting the City of Midland with the Tri Cities including Bay City and Saginaw. The City of Midland looks to the east and south and connects most appropriately with the Tri Cities. The City of Midland should not be thrown in with rural counties to the north or west. Thank you for proposing a proper map.
Catherine A Macomber
I cannot support this map. This map puts northern Bay county into a northern district. Northern Bay county hugs the shore of Saginaw Bay. We have flooding, power outage, and road impediment concerns that are similar to the rest of the Watershed. Our community of interest aligns with the southern half of Bay county. Do not split the county in this manner.
You can't have a district that cuts Farmington away form Farmington Hills, Farmington is effectively the downtown for Farmington Hills
on further review, it places a great deal of the true numbers, in one small highly populated area.
Tying the lakeshore together seems to be a good deal on the surface, we shall see if it works out that way.
Splitting up Farmington Hills into 2 separate Senate Districts is splitting up an area that should be kept together. Farmington Hill should be together with Farmington, as well. Those two cities share resources, share a school district, share a library system. They should be contained within the same districts - State Senate, State House, and Congressional.
Thank you for keeping the Tri-Cities together in most of the Senate maps. We are a community of interest and should be together. I believe keeping these cities together also helps to create fair maps with as close to zero political bias as possible which is the main reason the voters of this state created this commission in the first place.
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