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Sharon Elaine Houck
The Szetela congressional map does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community with no city water, no city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. The city of Ann Arbor and much of Washtenaw County has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you
Chris Wingate
Splits up communities of interest. Chestnut, Birch or Lange better options.
Michael Novak
Districts do not follow natural boundaries or clear community connections. It gives the appearance of political influence and undermines the confidence (and voice) of the voters.
Kim K Lindsey
This map fails at both communities of interest and is too partisan.
Penny K Wingate
Chestnut, Birch V2 and Lange gets my thumbs up over this. Again, I have a problem with the breaking of areas near Detroit and putting them with Ann Arbor area.
Jay R Taylor
Terrible split of Oakland County just to please and reward Democrat strongholds. Need to keep large cities intact and have smaller townships intact.
Julia Lindsey
Lange, Birch V2, & Chestnut are all better options than this one, but this would be an acceptable map.
Suzanne L Zavala
Not sure how Wyandotte is a community of interest with Ann Arbor and not Taylor and Allen Park. Downriver by itself is a community of interest. Please keep Downriver together.
merlin steffes
There is no community of interest between the city of Grand Rapids and the city of Muskegon. Keep all of Kent county in the same district. That is a community of interest.
Lisa Lamancusa
Appreciate that the Commission has generated a Communities of Interest district centered around cities in West Michigan. Muskegon and Grand Rapids have many commonalities but this map has so much rural population, that these voters will not be represented. However, the Apple V2 map has a much higher percentage of city people in the district. Thanks for working to provide a voice to the urban areas in West Michigan.
Yim Kong
This map reduces the voice of minorities by putting many rural voters with city voters. The city votes where most of the minorities live are divided up in different districts to reduce their effect.
Steve Fish
Not a good map for West Michigan representation. Same situation as the current district 3 Gerrymander. There is some merit to combining city like areas like Grand Rapids and Muskegon, but there are too many country areas for fairness. Better to go with Apple V2 to better represent all these areas.
Jason Taylor
Basically the same map as Lange for my city and a complete joke. Gerrymander much?
Wayne R Meulendyk
NO to this map. I looked only at Kent County. I think it is best to work geographically, ignoring political party and cultural heritage, keeping the district as geographically cohesive as possible.
Arend Gilligan
Keep Ottawa county together. Another map lumping large cities with rural areas. We live in Ottawa county to get away from Grand Rapids. Looks like a gerrymander map just to get to Muskegon. The worst for common interests. Of the last four, APPLE V2 map is the best for West Michigan.
Pat Dawson
Grand Rapids and Muskegon are with too many farming communities. Not a good district. Either of these separate communities want to be with like areas. Muskegon is chopped up.
Zach Rudat
Please keep Clinton County whole
Sam Chu
This is an unfair map for Michigan voters. Also, not a good map for Asians. Combines city areas with country areas to reduce the significance of our votes and divide priority for our needs in the city.
Patricia DiVirgilio
Mount Clemens is located in Macomb County (not Oakland) and has nothing in common with Royal Oak, Ferndale, Rochester, etc. How could an elected official for such diverse groups identify with or accurately represent our needs??!!!
Bruce Roller
This map continues the historical Gerrymandered congressional map. The large number of people int eh Grand Rapids area are not well represented. Rural townships are combined with city like areas. These townships do not want to be in the same district with Grand Rapids city as well. Better to go with Apple V2 or Chestnut to better represent all these areas.
Allen Salyer
Troy, Michigan belongs in Oakland County, not Macomb County.
Karen Lawrence
This is an unfair partisan map for West Michigan. This map has similar effects to the current district 3 Gerrymandered congressional map. Even though it attempts to combine city like areas like Grand Rapids and Muskegon, it dilutes the influence of large population Grand Rapids metro city areas by combining with rural townships in Ottawa and Muskegon Counties. These townships do not want to be in the same district with Grand Rapids city as well. Better to go with Apple V2 or Chestnut to better represent all these areas.
David R. Luther
This map diminishes the voices of West Michigan in Washington by attempting to force competing interests into the same Congressional District. Grand Rapids does not belong with Muskegon any more than Holland belongs with Kalamazoo. This map makes very little sense for West Michigan.
merlin steffes
Although all the maps have a democrat bias, this map is better than the Szetela map.
Cal Morton
I agree with Kristine S Detmers comment posted in Michigan State House Pine V5 map, "... All these maps should have been drawn with a color blind eye and based on population alone! Gerrymandering at its worse!". The data shown in these maps should have only provided the "Total Population" and the "Voting Age Population". All other numbers are injecting race and ethnicity which overlooks the most important fact, "We are ALL Americans"!
Sue Macrellis
This map does not keep Jackson County whole. Rather it splits off the rural eastern portion of the county and joins it with Washtenaw county, specifically Ann Arbor. You could not pick two dissimilar areas to put together. It would definitely leave these people without a voice.
Mollie Schairer
I am a resident of rural Washtenaw County. This map clearly splits up communities of interest. Rural eastern Jackson County and rural areas of Washtenaw County in the same district as Wyandotte and Gross Ille?? No and no. I am seeing many comments giving this map a thumbs up because it is "politically balanced" and "partisan neutral." Per the MI Constitution, the Commission cannot lawfully consider "party balance" / "political fairness" / "party neutral" as a factor. Communities of interest must stay together. And what is up with excluding a slice of northwestern Washtenaw County and putting it with District 7?
Candice DeHaan
Jamestown Charter Township is a rural community. The northern part of Jamestown is slowly being developed, but the southern half is mostly farms. Barely 20% of the Township is serviced by Public Water and Sewer and about 2/3 of the Township is zoned Agricultural. As a resident of Jamestown Charter Township, I am pleased to be a part of the interconnected community known as Ottawa County. Keeping us connected with the lakeshore is important as well as recognizing Ottawa County as a unique community of interest, whose smaller cities and township's share economic and agricultural ties. Jamestown should definitely not be lumped in with Kent Count or the Grand Rapids area but remain with Ottawa County. I urge you to keep Jamestown Charter Township as part of the Ottawa County Community when redistricting.
Candice DeHaan
Jamestown Charter Township is a rural community. The northern part of Jamestown is slowly being developed, but the southern half is mostly farms. Barely 20% of the Township is serviced by Public Water and Sewer and about 2/3 of the Township is zoned Agricultural. As a resident of Jamestown Charter Township, I am pleased to be a part of the interconnected community known as Ottawa County. Keeping us connected with the lakeshore is important as well as recognizing Ottawa County as a unique community of interest, whose smaller cities and township's share economic and agricultural ties. Jamestown should definitely not be lumped in with Kent Count or the Grand Rapids area but remain with Ottawa County. I urge you to keep Jamestown Charter Township as part of the Ottawa County Community when redistricting.
Dave Frey
Clearly with such large districts, many districts are going to capture a wide diversity of communities. Given all the maps I've looked at, and all the comments, I still like map 42172 the best - https://districtr.org/plan/42172 - chunky districts, follows county and municipal boundaries better than other maps I've seen
Ruth A Kell
This is just another map that illustrates how the commissioners, who I know are trying to be fair, do not seem to understand how different the COIs of Macomb and Oakland County are. Troy, Royal Oak and Ferndale are intertwined, business and culture-wise, with cities to the west, also in Oakland County. Anyone representing this district will have a struggle.
Richard Michalski
Not a good choice, since it only creates one to maybe two competitive district. Chestnut is much better.
Anna Hicks
Why are you trying to lump rural eastern Jackson County with the city of Ann Arbor. This makes no sense and will leave the people in eastern Jackson county voiceless. The map divides counties that should be kept whole. It instead combines the eastern parts of Jackson County with Washtenaw County. The Chestnut congressional map is a far better option since it is less disruptive of county lines. I implore you, please do not adopt this map.
Paul Hauglie
I dislike this map. It does not keep Jackson county whole and needlessly divides it. Unless gerrymandering is the goal.
merlin steffes
When you democrat partisans get your marching orders and all of you say the same thing it is obvious. Every democrat partisan is saying "fair or unfair".
merlin steffes
This map is very unfair and gerrymandered.
David J Houck
None of Jackson county should be lumped into a district with a district that includes Ann Arbor. It just doesn't make sense, unless gerrymandering is the goal.
Lindsey Brayton
I do not like this map because it does not represent rural communities
Cynthia Richardson
I do not like the Szetela V2 Congressional map because it does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw County. Waterloo Township is a VERY rural community with no city water/sewer services, no broadband and no public transportation. Ann Arbor has all of these things. If this map was used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please do NOT adopt this map. The CHESTNUT Congressional map better represents my community of interest. Thank you.
Brian Boyer
This proposed map unnecessarily divides up the eastern side of Jackson County splitting up our current Community of Interest. Please do adopt this map. The Chestnut map keeps the Jackson Community of Interest together.
Doug Swartz
The Szetela congressional map does not keep the counties whole. It instead combines the eastern portion of Jackson County with Washtenaw County. Please do not adopt this map. The alternate Chestnut congressional map keeps the counties more whole and as such is the best option. Thank you.
Jackie Leslie
Not a good map for Jackson County
Laurie E.
As with the other individual map, this map pushes Troy with communities too far to the east to be able to provide fair representation. Troy and Rochester should not be with Eastpointe, Fraser, Roseville, St. Clair shores. There are no COIs between the Oakland County jurisdictions here and the eastern jurisdictions of Macomb County making representation not very representative. Keep Oakland County communities within Oakland County.
merlin steffes
Districts should be created starting from a large urban nucleus. A congressional district is 775,000. If the urban nucleus population requires more people then add surrounding urban cities. Only three counties have a population greater than 775,000 people so neighboring counties should be combined to form districts. Try to minimize breaking county boundaries. Very simply. Only becomes complicated when gerrymandering is attempted. If people with the same views wish to live next to each other then they should be in the same district. If people wish to "unpack" themselves then move out of the comfortable urban center to a area where the mall is 70 miles away. Yeah right they would say just make those rural people live under my urban rule instead is the reply.
Bernard Allore
City folks don't understand the issues and needs of farming communities. This map lumps urban and rural areas together and this will leave farmers without a voice because there is such a lack of ties to agriculture today. Please keep Jackson County together in one district. I am a senior citizen and I rely on services in my community of Jackson. Thank you.
Barbara Dame
This map splits up Jackson County and the communities of interest it serves. It does not solve the issue of gerrymandering.
William Richardson
The Szetela congressional does not keep Jackson County whole. It combines the eastern portion of Jackson County, including Waterloo Township, with Washtenaw county. Waterloo Township is a very rural community with no city water, no city sewer, no broadband, and no public transportation. The city of Ann Arbor and much of Washtenaw County has all of these things. If this map were to be used, Waterloo Township would not have a voice in Congress. Please don't adopt this map. The Chestnut map is much better. Thank you.
TIMOTHY DEBLAEY
Political gerrymandering at its best! Once again diluting the shorelines counties common issue by being dumped stacked with Grand Rapids. No, no, no, no!
ED BLISSICK
Western Washtenaw and Eastern Jackson county should not be lumped in with Ann Arbor and eastern Washtenaw county. These are communities of interest that do not support the policies of eastern Washtenaw county and belong in district 5 or 7.
Craig Michael Flietstra
This map appears to be trying to gerrymander a certain outcome in West Michigan. The other map is a much better fit for the lake shore counties.
Justin Voss
Why have the Hastings area in District 2 when it is more similar to District 4 or 7 and have western Clinton County in District 7 when it is more similar to District 2, especially when the district lines divide closely related communities.
Luke Dornon
Gerrymandering to get Muskegon and GR together for partisan voter concentration.
Nabil Chamra
Still very disappointed to see this area zoned into district 9 instead of district 11 or 10. It doesn't make any sense to put any parts of Oakland county with district 9 and the entire thumb of Michigan. It makes even less sense to put this specific part of Oakland township into district 9 considering it is zoned into Rochester Community Schools yet most of the area zoned into this school district is in district 10 or 11. I am asking this area be zoned into district 10 or 11 for the sake of continuity for having constituents with common characteristics in the same district together.
Patrick Maguire
Salem Township should be associated with Lyon Twp and South Lyon, as opposed to Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Northville. The majority of Salem Twp is South Lyon Schools. Most residents of the township would consider themselves part of the South Lyon area (especially since most have a South Lyon address). They go to South Lyon/Lyon Township for shopping, dining, church, etc.
Carol Heron
This is a least desirable. Congressional map for the Tri-City area. it drops off Bay County shoreline. It includes Tuscola County which is better off with the Thumb. Chestnut map is still the winner for our area.
Joe Fresard
This breaks up communities of interest, unnecessarily crosses municipal boundaries and is not at all compact. This is not what people voted for.
Jaime
Macomb County has never been with Wayne county! I also don't recall Macomb ever being with Oakland county either. Northern Macomb belongs with St. Clair county. Keep the counties together!!!
Yousif
This map dilute Chaldean voices in Rochester Hills, Troy and Sterling Heights. Apple V2 is the best congressional map!