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Sue Macrellis
As with Apple map, this map does not keep Jackson county whole. Combining Waterloo Township with Ann Arbor, areas with no common community interests,. deprives the people in this rural area of their representation through shear numbers.
Edward Vaughan
Oakland Charter Township is linked more closely with Rochester in terms of local services, schools, and neighborhoods than the rest of proposed D10. Better fit for district 6.
Charles Hodgman
Kalamazoo is not represented well in this rural map. The Apple map with Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids in the same district is better representation for Kalamazoo.
Candy DeHaan
Jamestown Charter Township is a mostly rural community, with barely 20% of the Township being serviced by Public Water and Sewer and about 2/3 of the Township is zoned Agricultural. As a resident, I am pleased to be a part of the interconnected community known as Ottawa County, a unique Community of Interest whose smaller cities and townships share economic and agricultural ties. Jamestown Charter Township should not be lumped in with Kent Count or the Grand Rapids area but remain with Ottawa County. Keep Jamestown Township as part of the Ottawa County Community when redistricting.
Steven B
Please remove this cut out (Lyndon Township) and keep the Chelsea community and Washtenaw Co together. I see this proposed on many maps and strongly object. Please keep the county boundaries lines intact whenever possible.
Jared Boot
West Oakland County doesn’t belong in the Thumb.
Jared Boot
Milford to Port Austin is a 3 hour drive!!
Jared Boot
Madison Heights and Hazel Park share more in common with Southern Macomb County than Detroit, adding them to Wayne County doesn’t make sense, especially when the large Asian communities are in either Warren or Troy.
Jared Boot
Doesn’t make sense that Madison Heights and Hazel Park are in a Wayne County District, they’d make more sense in Oakland or Macomb.
Jared Boot
Southfield belongs in a district with parts of Detroit.
Jared Boot
Birmingham does not belong in a district with Macomb County, this makes no sense.
Jared Boot
This Map splits Troy and Rochester’s large Asian communities from their neighbors in Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, and Novi.
Jared Boot
This map has split Oakland County in ways that are not consistent with any of our communities of interest.
Jared Boot
Everyone in Macomb County knows that one major division in the county is M-59.
Jared Boot
Milford and other southern and western Oakland townships and cities just don’t make sense going so far north as the Thumb.
This map hurts us in Monroe. It splits us off from our natural Downriver community of interest. All of our major corridors in the eastern part of Monroe: Telegraph, I-75, and I-275, and the lakefront and port, tie us to with the Downriver community. There are no major corridors that tie us way out west to Saint Joseph, or any of those rural areas. Tim Walberg put out a campaign for this map because it favors his campaign. This map doesn't serve us in Monroe.
This map is too favorable to Republicans
Shannon M
It is completely inappropriate to put Black/African American communities in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights in a district that is 90% White and so heavily rural, especially because of the repeatedly voiced concerns about disenfranchisement. It would be far more appropriate to put it with other communities of color along the lakeshore or in Kent.
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Margaret Schankler
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district to address prison gerrymandering.
Glen Cunkle
To address prison gerrymandering, move the prison population to an overpopulated district.
Glen Cunkle
To address prison gerrymandering, please move the prison population to an overpopulated district.
Lynne Muth
Please move the prison population to an overpopulated district. This is to address prison gerrymandering.
Lynne Muth
Please move the prison populations to an overpopulated district. This is to address prison gerrymandering.
Paul Wohlfarth
District 8 looks like it was drawn by the sitting Congressman Tim Walberg. Its totally safe and will subject the district to more of the same representation we have now which ignores 1/2 his constituents. I worry the current Congressman who will feel embolden to do whatever he wants without any voter controls.
Allegra Pitera
Milford and other southern and western Oakland townships and cities just don’t make sense going so far north in the Thumb.
Judy Davis
I am a Southfield resident and like that this map connects Southfield/Lathrup with parts of Detroit. However, it breaks up African-American citizens in the cities of Southfield and Lathrup Village from Oak Park. These communities comprise a contiguous COI under the current Redistricting rules, sharing significant cultural, historical, economic and other interests, and should be kept intact in one Congressional voting district, per the Southfield Deltas map #c4774 submitted to the public comment portal. It is important to keep this COI together in order to avoid dilution of the Black vote.
Contiguity correction:
Yousif - Here is a plan with 2 districts with majority-minority voting age population of black voters at 47.8% for each of the 2 districts. This will comply with VRA in MI requiring 2 districts with majority-minority of black voters.
Here is a plan that creates 2 majority-minority districts at 46.1% while keeping the Chaldean district intact! This is based on Birch Plan.
Theresa Nallamothu
Independence Township has nothing in common with the thumb area. We should be with waterford, lake orion, etc in District 3.
Peter Adair
Why is another map excluding Rochester Hills from our greater city area? Rochester, Roch Hils, Oakland Township are a tight knit community, but yall keep trying to split us up? Why were school district boundaries not thought of?
Here is an alternate version of the Birch map that I include Mount Clemens: This map is also good for the Chaldean community. Please use a similar district 6 to either or to give Chaldeans a voice! Thank you commissioners! :)
Please use a map similar to this one: I based this map on Mrs. Rebecca Szetela's Birch map. Please give Chaldean community a voice in one district! Include cities of Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Twp, Troy, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Shelby Twp together. That's were most of the Chaldean community are. Thank you commissioners for listening!
Stephen Stackable
As an independent voter, this is a plan for Midland city and Midland county that I cannot support. Midland city and county should be in the same district. The city and county have the same flood issues and similar interests with the counties to the north and west.
Constance Woods
Why are Rochester and Rochester Hills not included with other Oakland County cities?
Shardae L Chambers
Kalamazoo Co should absolutely not be added to the West lake shore area of West Michigan. Our urban core nor are values match that of the lake shore community. We do better going closer to Calhoun co not further west we need area that match us so we can work together. This Birch map stinks it needs to ne removed.
Yousif Yousif
Please do not disenfranchise the Chaldean people. Please use district 6 similar to this: Thank you commissioners.
Dan Luria
See my comment on the Birch map, which has the same District 5 as this map. Thank you.
Jason Behr
Lincoln Park, Allen Park, and Taylor shouldn't be cut off from the rest of the Downriver community of interest in District 7. This map also places Detroit in just 1 District in violation of the VRA
Yousif Yousif
Updated Fixed some Municipality boundaries. Max deviation is 0.09% the lowest. Asian community is at 10.8%, the highest compared to the 4 proposed maps. I implore commissioners to consider Chaldean community a voice in one district. Thank you commissioners for your hard work! :)
Thomas Mikulski
Not an entirely unreasonable map. Like that Southfield was grouped more strongly with Detroit. The Indian and Asian communities in Rochester Hills are separated from those in Troy, Bloomfield, and elsewhere - I'd like to see those communities put back together in a revised map.
Yousif Yousif
Updated: Took Municipality lines into account. Please give a Chaldeans a voice! We have been in MI for 100+ years now and have contributed to the great state of MI. Chaldeans own 25,000+ businesses in MI. Give us our one district so we can have a voice please! Thank you commissioners!
Yousif Yousif I updated the map here with the lowest population deviation out of the 4 proposed maps.
Yousif Yousif
Please look at this map. I based it on Mr. Anthony Eid's Juniper map. This one gives Chaldeans a voice in suburbs of Detroit. We are around 80,000-100,000 in my proposed district 6 of the map I shared. It also gives Asians 10.8% population share, the highest out of the 4 proposed maps. In District 3 it gives blacks 22.8% which is the highest of District 3 out of the 4 proposed maps. Please consider giving Chaldeans a voice in one district. Thank you commissioners for your hard work!
Yousif Yousif
Please look at this map. I based it on Mr. Anthony Eid's Juniper map. This one gives Chaldeans a voice in suburbs of Detroit. We are around 80,000-100,000 in my proposed district 6 of the map I shared. It also gives Asians 10.8% population share, the highest out of the 4 proposed maps. In District 3 it gives blacks 22.8% which is the highest of District 3 out of the 4 proposed maps. Please consider giving Chaldeans a voice in one district. Thank you commissioners for your hard work!
William Asher
Milford and other communities in southwest Oakland County have nothing that connects them to the Thumb area.
Julie A Ortiz
I appreciate the commission consistently placing the Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City, Saginaw) and Flint in a congressional district as they are urban/suburban areas and should have appropriate representation. I would like to see more of Midland County in this district like Commissioner Eid’s map #237. Please continue to weigh partisan fairness and correct the Republican lean most maps have. We need maps with as close to zero political bias as possible.
Julie A Ortiz
I appreciate the commission consistently placing the Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City, Saginaw) and Flint in a congressional district as they are urban/suburban areas and should have appropriate representation. I would like to see more of Midland County in this district like Commissioner Eid’s map #237. Please continue to weigh partisan fairness and correct the Republican lean most maps have. We need maps with as close to zero political bias as possible.
Naomi Ludman
Please, please, we in the South WEST corner of the state do not have anything in common with those in the EAST when it comes to political representation. Cass County belongs with counties to the WEST and North, which also belong to WESTERN Michigan. Please keep Eastern counties in separate congressional districts from Western counties. This map seems to be based on the assumption that because we are all along the state border, we are alike. NO. We are not. Please adjust these maps to put Western Counties together. I am sure the Eastern counties would prefer their own representation also.
Diane Cloutier
Calhoun County’s cultural, social and financial interests reside along the I94 corridor. We have very little in common with the southern counties. This is a bad map
John Michael Elsen
This map does not represent the values or future growth for Midland. It does not consider ESG for the future of Midland. We are growing more and more to the North and West. We still hold a tradition with Bay City and Saginaw, but none with Flint.
Dorothy Munson
Copy of my in-person testimony 10/22. I’m Dorothy Munson, a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, representing Proactive, a non-partisan, non-profit organization supporting underserved folks. We strongly advocated for prop 2. We are depending on you to make sure the maps of west Michigan are fair and they need work to do so. The best congressional map is Apple 201 with Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo in District 4. It best represents minority populations in West Michigan with 31% being non-white. They need representation in Washington. It has significant commonality including being leaders in education, healthcare and research. I have made more detailed comments on the map. Please understand that we are truly depending on you to protect partisan fairness. We know this process is most difficult. Better than what we have now is not good enough. We look to you to be our heros in getting this right and following the constitution to finally give everyone fair representation. Thank you!
Steven Artt
The percent of African Americans in the district does not reflect the percentage of African Americans in the city of Farmington Hills.
I drafted a district maps that represents the Chaldean community. We stretch from Macomb all the way to the outskirts of Wixom! We are around 160,000 people in Metro detroit area alone and growing! Please use either district map: or Please do not dilute our Chaldean voices! We have lived and contributed to MI for over 100 years! Please give a voice! We are a community of interest! Thank you commissioners!
Nomi Joyrich
Milford does not belong with the thumb
Allison M Wilcox
While I like that Midland is included with the cities to our south, I would prefer that you include the townships directly adjacent to Midland and put the rural townships in Tuscola county in a different district. That would also make the district more compact and be a plus for partisan fairness. The idea that the "watershed" should be kept together shows a misunderstanding that flooding due to poor infrastructure is a statewide and national problem. Also, this is a district for representation at the FEDERAL level, not the state.
jane scott
This is a terrible map and a dis-service to the residents of Midland City and the county of Midland. Midland and Flint have NOTHING in common to warrant grouping them together in a congressional district. Midland County should remain whole including the city of Midland and be combined with our true community of interest in our watershed neighboring counties. The project to re-build the watershed region should be paramount in the consideration of this commission regarding this region. Hundreds of millions of dollars and several years will be required to complete this process. We need focused representation to see this thru well.
Tammy J DeRuyter
The economic, social, and political challenges that face rural communities vary greatly from those of urban and even mid-small cities. Add to that, there are now dozens of initiatives all aimed at creating a “Great Lakes Bay” environment. For these reasons, I LOVE that this map is re-districting lines to account for Midland-BayCity-Saginaw to be a “clump” while posturing the rural portions of all three counties divided into congressional districts that will be fair and impartial to these areas as well. Given that logic, I’m not comfortable with the distance into the Thumb, however, I am so grateful for the work of this commission to create fairness in our regional, political systems.
In 2020, in Michigan, Democratic voters had 53% of votes, it seems these maps should lean toward democrats having more representation than republicans.
Andy Helmboldt
This, and all three other currently proposed maps, lump Battle Creek and Calhoun County together with the southern tier of counties with whom we share very little. As previously commented and testified to, our strongest COI lies with Kalamazoo along the I-94 Corridor. There are other maps available that honor this COI. Please consider those instead.
Drew Anthony Beckman
The positive of this map is that the Macomb county community of interest in this map is kept together. One glaring problem in this map is partisan fairness. Using the 2016 Presidential election data (50-50), this map will produce a 8-5 Republican split which is completely unfair. Likewise using 2018 AG data (52-48 D), this map gives 7-6 Republicans even though they lost. I urge you to use this map as a basis but move toward greater partisan fairness.
Cindy Krieg
People in this area have connections and interests with Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo traveling the north/south 131 corridor.
Roger Rittenhouse
Areas north of Rockford and areas east of Lowell share very little commonality of interests with the greater Grand Rapids area. Including these rural areas with the urban and industrial areas around Grand Rapids make little sense.
Dan Holowicki
The Downriver communities of Melvindale, Allen Park, Southgate, Wyandotte, Taylor and even Romulus have very different needs compared to Detroit and the Grosse Points. This map is bad for Downriver.
Max Hornick
Kalamazoo does not belong in a rural lakeshore district.
Phil Sarnacke
This map attempts to break up the Great Lakes Bay Region by separating Midland City. The Business community in Midland, including 3 fortune 500, have spent millions promoting the the business opportunities in Midland as part of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Separating Midland be economically bad for supporting new businesses coming to Midland City.
Joseph Sova
There is no reason to split the City of Midland away from its county. We are connected via watershed to our neighbors to our west and north. The City of Midland is connected to the entire county, supplying municipal water, solid waste solutions, watershed management, and healthcare. Keep Midland County Whole.
Christine Kosmowski
As I stated on other similar versions for District 8, I strongly disapprove of any of the map versions that place Battle Creek with southern, rural counties. It has nothing in common with them and has stronger ties with Kalamazoo along the I-94 corridor, which includes economic, health, social, environmental, and educational interests. Please do not consider this or other versions that place Battle Creek with areas of little common interest. This is worse than our current district of being included with Grand Rapids. The Congressional Map submitted by the Promote the Vote Coalition should be considered because it better represents how Calhoun County fits into the state economy.
Beth R Rich
DO NOT split Oakland County...especially Southfield! This map makes no sense!
Eric Ash
These maps still tilt Republican, in a state that tends to lean Democratic in its voting. The party that gets more votes should have more seats. Please work to correct the partisan bias.
michelle mormul
Beverly Hills, Lathrop Village, and Southfield should be in District 3, not District 2. This is Gerrymandering.
Cary Fleischer
There is no commonality with the areas in this district number four. How could a Representative to Congress possibly deal with all the varied issues of these diverse areas and with some legislative wants actual being conflicting. There are urban challenges and farming area challenges. A district around Greater Grand Rapids that is primarily urban/suburban is needed for focused representation. Key areas that need improvement are public schools and transportation. In urban areas there are more feasible efficient opportunities for addressing climate issues with electric power because of the higher density population.
Rich Thrush
This map just perpetuates the Gerrymandering that the district has suffered in the past. The large number of Democratic voters in West Michigan will be split so there is no possibility of electing a candidate. All districts surrounding Grand Rapids area (second largest city in Michigan and twice the population of Lansing) strongly lean Republican, so the only way to draw a fair district to give Democrats a chance at representation is to draw a district that includes either Kalamazoo or Muskegon
Kathleen So
This map, like the others, is unacceptable to Battle Creek/Calhoun County. Why are we thrown in with communities south of Detroit? There is zero commonality. I'm not even sure what counties are south of Detroit. Calhoun County and points west will be totally diluted and drowned out by Detroit-area interests, which are not West and Central Michigan interests in the least. Please redo.
Katie Sun
This district does not give a voice to the largest minority population in West Michigan-210,000 people in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Minority issues of equal opportunity, inclusion and human rights will continue to be overshadowed and not addressed.
Sam Chu
As drawn, district 4 isolates the large collections of minority populations in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Kalamazoo (252,000 people). Their voting power is split and they would be disenfranchised. They have unique issues that need to be addressed – civil rights, inclusion, equal opportunity to name a few.
Dorothy Munson
As drawn, this district #4 is a varied mix of working class, very affluent and rural farmers. How is a Federal Representative going to service all their needs? Also, city governments operate much different than Townships and the expectations for government provided services such as schools, public transportation and police/fire is much greater in cities.
Lisa Lamancusa
This map shows many rural townships in adjacent Counties and north in Kent County attached to Grand Rapids Metro 6 cities. The rural townships have unique characteristics, challenges and needs such as rural school transportation, well water contamination, law enforcement by county sheriff, farming subsidy legislation, regional volunteer fire departments, housing and education of migrant workers county/state road maintenance and limits on taxation. These characteristics are completely different than Metro areas-how is a Representative to deal with all these issues in representing the diverse communities. Need to redraw this #4 district to include some more urban areas.
Patricia Dawson
Thought the idea was that Ottawa County wanted to be together-why the townships in Ottawa in this map. Also, the Ionia County very rural townships do not want to be in district 4 with city people. There are no common issues or needs with these townships and Grand Rapids Metro 6.
Nancy Mroczkowski
This Grand Rapids/Kent County map with the addition of townships in both Ottawa and Ionia Counties is a mix of completely different areas-high population cities and rural farming areas. There is no commonality within this area so a legislator will be dealing with conflicting priorities with the district. In this map, the concentration of Democratic voters in Grand Rapids (the second largest city in Michigan – twice the size of Lansing) is disenfranchised. The Grand Rapids area includes 492,000 people in the six-city area (5% of the population of all of Michigan) with 53% Democrats. This is the significant concentration of Democratic voters in West Michigan and it should not be subject to gerrymandering. All the surrounding areas are strong Republican no matter how they are configured. This map ensures that all the districts in West Michigan will be Republican and Democrats will not be represented despite their size.
Steven Blum
When I voted in support of establishing this commission I did so in the hope (but also frankly the expectation) that I would see exactly what has been going on here – thoughtful dialog, civic engagement, and commitment to democratic process in re-working our political representation within our state. I’ve followed the process fairly closely and have found it interesting reading the comments and getting a chance to see where priorities and preferences are when establishing these lines. Some seem to prefer keeping current D/R voting blocks together, while others prefer joining communities of similar size, style or economic backgrounds together. I think any realist at the start of all this would accept that this wouldn’t be an easy process, but I hope we can all appreciate that ultimately the end result will have been made better for all the effort and engagement. From my perspective, first I want to say ‘thank you’ to the inaugural commission for your efforts. And also, to offer some encouragement - stay at it, keep working and engaging with all of us! I would also like to add in my support of several comments that have been posted in here encouraging commissioners to avoid drawing lines that would create “safe zones” for either political party. While tempting and easy to garner support in grouping like minds together, it would further harden political divisions, and encourage LESS dialog between those individuals who have differing political opinions. Big picture we are better served as a whole by keeping communities/counties/townships together, following natural boundaries, and as a general rule keeping in simple.
Hunter Ihrman
I strongly oppose this map and encourage the commission to keep Ottawa County whole! Ottawa County is a community of interest. The county is unique with its Dutch heritage and vibrant diversity. Ottawa County also benefits from the Great Lakes. Even those on the eastern part of Ottawa County rely on the Great Lakes as a source of income or simple recreation. Ottawa County residents deserve a federal Representative who understands the importance of the Great Lakes and considers that while crafting policy in Washington. Currently, Ottawa County has a substantial voice in federal elections because the entirety of the county is in one congressional district. Splitting up the county diminishes West Michigan’s voice and leaves a situation where small business owners and local residents have an elected official who resides far away from the lakeshore and does not understand the importance of this natural resource. Please keep Ottawa County whole!
Lindsay Oaster
The proposed districts of this map have oddly-grouped populations with totally different needs and considerations. For example, in the proposed District 4, folks living in Grand Rapids metro have been grouped with rural folks in Ionia and Ottawa Counties. The only sense this proposed district map appears to have is in diluting any concentrations of historically-Democratic voters and denying them representation.
Ariel Rak
: I appreciate the commission consistently placing the Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City, Saginaw) and Flint in a congressional district as they are urban/suburban areas and should have appropriate representation. I would like to see more of Midland County in this district like Commissioner Eid’s map #237. Please continue to weigh partisan fairness and correct the Republican lean most maps have. We need maps with as close to zero political bias as possible.
Judy Daubenmier
Thank you for combining Livingston County with Ingham County in this version of Congressional District 5. Residents of Livingston County are used to going to Ingham County for work, school, medical care, and more. But overall this map needs more work. Your job was to get rid of the Republican gerrymandered maps we have lived with for decades and you haven't gotten there yet. Your maps still favor Republicans even though your consultant told you that Michigan leans Democratic. Michigan voters set up your commission and you were hired to fix maps that lean Republican in a Democratic state. Please finish the job. Make the maps reflect the partisan makeup of the state. Thank you for all your hard work.
Jared Boot
Your maps unfairly benefit Republicans. Your job isn’t done until you fix that.
Ethyl M Rivera
District 10 in this version is not good. Combining western Oakland County with Port Austin and communities along Lake Huron makes no sense whatsoever. We have more in common with Commerce, West Bloomfield and and Pontiac than those northeastern areas. At the least, county boundaries should not be broken or crossed willy-nilly.
Pei-Lan Tsou
Makeup of this district is a crazy mix of working class, very affluent and rural. The city governments have a much different challenges for government services than rural townships, some examples are fire/police/emergency service, public transportation water/sewer compared to county/state police and well water.
Pei-Lan Tsou
Lumping Kalamazoo to the west is just terrible. The urban area is completely different from the agricultural rural area in the west. In addition, the GR-Kzoo District includes the major centers of African-Americans, Hispanics and other racial minorities in western Michigan. 31% of the total population of the district is non-white (250,000 people total). This is a diluting the minority representation in west Michigan area,
Clarkston & Independence Township belong in 3, not district 10. If you have to move a community out, keep Lake Orion with Oxford, Brandon and Leonard. Swap South Lyon and Northville. Northville should be in 7, it is not even part of Oakland County.
daniel cassidy
Rochester and Rochester Hills should be placed in district 10 and give district 6 going east to algonac. Keep New Baltimore in district 10. That would be the modification i would suggest. You have an opportunity to make 6 more moderate. Furthermore, by going east to Algonac into 6 you take away some conservative territory away from 10.
daniel cassidy
I do Like this map over all the best, Put Midland and Flint together in district 11. I do think it would make district 6 more moderate if you gave it going east to algonac from district 10. Then Put Rochester and Rochester from 6 into 10 Instead.
David Puzycki
Why are all these maps so dead-set on grouping Kalamazoo, Holland, and coastal Michiana together?
David Puzycki
Why are all these maps so dead-set on grouping Kalamazoo, Holland, and coastal Michiana together?
Constance Tucker
This map fails to comply with partisan fairness requirements and should dropped from consideration.
Jessica Tucker
This map does not reflect my COI (which is best represented with Ferndale, Royal Oak, Clawson, Madison Heights, south Troy, south Sterling Heights, north Warren, and Fraser). Further more the partisan fairness stats are abysmal. This is definitely not in compliance with the law. While it's probably impossible to reflect everyone's COIs, it is possible to produce maps that are significantly more fair while providing decent representation a variety of COIs. This one needs to be tossed.
Linda Pell
No disrespect to the southern tier counties -- but there is almost no economic, social or environmental connection or Community of Interest between Calhoun County (I-94 Corridor) and the southern tier counties along with an economic corridor along Route 12. This significantly dilutes the interests of Calhoun County.
Heather Hunnell
The Lyndon Township split here will be unnecessarily expensive and confusing for voters. Please do not split townships in Western Washtenaw. If some portion of Western Washtenaw is going to be in a different district, the whole township should be moved.
Sharon R Baseman
For the most part, I like this map for what's been done with keeping most of SE Oakland County together and keeping Warren and Centerline with Macomb County, however, I feel that Southfield belongs in District 3, not district 2. It has much more in common with Oakland County than with Wayne County. It should not be broken off from Oakland.
Wanda Eichler
Huron County is split from Tuscola County and the Tri Cities area here. Our shopping, business, and medical alignments are with Saginaw and Bay City. It would make much more sense to keep Huron with the Tri Cities.
Lisa Kulawczyk-Pringle
I question the division down Livernois on all three maps. Bagley/Fitgerald and University District/Sherwood Forest down Livernois are joined together around the business district along the Avenue.
Ben Umanos
This map does not properly represent West Michigan. Holland and Kalamazoo have little to nothing in common. Putting Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo is a far more compelling community of interest than trying to force Ottawa County communities in with Kent. Splitting Ottawa County into 3 different congressional districts essentially takes away any voice from the largest growing county in the state. Communities like Georgetown Township have social, economic, and historical ties to the rest of Ottawa County, not to Kent.
Jan Baumgras
I don't think this is worst choice, but it isn't the best either. No map can get everything "right", but Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are big enough that it should be possible to create a district that reflects their voters, and this map doesn't.
Phillip Reid
Please do not include North Oakland County in District 10 as drawn, our area has much more in common with District 11. When we moved to Independence Township in 1997, this area was in District 5 which was Represented by Dale Kildee in the Flint area. Our son attended UM Flint, and we frequently make trips to the Flint area. We have nothing to do with the Thumb area. Also it seems ill advised that you would leave Tuscola County out of the District 10 has it is clearly part of the Thumb region of the state.
Grant LaFaive
Macomb Township does not belong lumped in with the thumb, we have nothing in common with these northern communities.
Yvonne Bridges
I am a Southfield resident. As Southfield is part of Oakland County and has many POC, I do not believe that should be drawn with cities such as Dearborn Heights, for example. The effect is to dilute a specific group of voters. It is important that these maps be drawn without political bias so that all citizens have a say in representation.
Catherine A Macomber
I cannot support this map. This map does not address the community of interest of the northern part of Bay county as part of the Saginaw Bay Watershed area.
Kate Baker
I am a Ferndale resident. My comment relates to the overall tilt in favor of the Republican party in these maps. Our state needs and deserves a balanced, unbiased map for our congressional districts as well as our local reps and senate districts.
Marcie Paul
I previously lived in Southfield for many years and feel strongly about it remaining with Oakland County. It is demographically aligned and economically intertwined with all the similar surrounding suburbs.
Anthony Scannell
Switched-out Warren for Taylor, Romulus. . .not really a distinct "option" for residents of this area, between all of your drafts.
Daniel Harris
The Metro Detroit map is better here than in most other Congressional maps the commission has considered so I commend you for that. However, there is no reason to cross Dequindre Road to put Rochester/Rochester Hills into an otherwise Macomb based seat. Just put Macomb Township in the Macomb district and the Rochester area in the Oakland to thumb based seat.
Alexander Gavulic
This remains a major sticking point of any map the Commission puts forth. North and Western Oakland County have no alignment with the thumb. Only the northeastern most townships (Addison, Oxford, etc.) could conceivably have connections to cities like Romeo or Lapeer in District 10. The rest of that area is much more connected to Pontiac, West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, Novi, etc, and deserves to be represented as such. I've attached what a proposed Oakland County-unifying district could look like. Please don't split Oakland County like this - we're a community that deserves representation just like the rest of the state.
Southfield Township should be split from Southfield city and included with Birmingham. The township shares more in common with Birmingham--school districts, socioeconomic demographics.
The commission needs to find some way to realign 10. Western Oakland County (especially SW) and the Thumb are completely different.
I strongly dislike this map. The old map - which I didn't like a whole lot - is better than this map. I prefer Troy (where I live) to be joined up with the Rochesters. It is not like Southern Oakland County. While it's become more liberal in the last few years, it's not like Ferndale or Royal Oak. We also have much in common with Sterling Heights (we share a border). There is the Asian Indian Community, the Chaldean community (one of the largest Chaldean churches in the Metro Area is in Troy.) COI is not supposed to be about party preference. Troy fits better in the previous iteration of the map...also in Commissioner Clarke's version with Birmingham.
Judy Maiga
Grosse Ile is disconnected from most of it's closest downriver fellow communities of interest. We share police and fire support from Trenton, Wyandotte and Southgate as well as a shoreline with Trenton and Wyandotte and the same massive concerns over the McLouth steel polluted area cleanup. At the very least, Wyandotte, Southgate and Trenton should be included in District 7.
District 10 is absurd and actually ensures that no one stuck into that mess will have adequate representation. Fix it or throw out the map.
Commissioner Anthony is not taking COI into account. But he is taking political parties. This is an absolute no for Troy and Rochester Hills, Warren and Madison Heights. Districts 1, 3 and 6 DO NOT MAKE SENSE! They are not in the correct district! 10-05-21 v1 CD makes the best sense! Please Independent commissioners vote NO on this one!