With Release of First Maps, Chatham Delegate Talks Redistribution | New
CHATHAM, Virginia – After the Democratic and Republican consultants’ card proposals suggested a major change in residential neighborhoods in Virginia, Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham) said Southside Virginia needs to speak up.
Virginia’s Amendment 1 passed in the November 2020 ballot with two-thirds of the popular vote, allowing a redistribution commission to redraw legislative boundaries once every ten years.
Eight state lawmakers were appointed to the 16-person commission, including four Republicans. The other eight members are civilians from Virginia.
One of those Republicans nominated by the Republican House leader is Del. Adams.
“As you know, the map designers employed by the commission recently released the first statewide district maps for the two state houses,” Adams told the Star-Tribune on Sunday. These cards followed weeks of commission work that included initial public hearings, the retention of Republican and Democratic lawyers and card designers, and most importantly, the adoption of specific criteria to govern the development of fair cards. . “
The two map proposals released recently this week would change the district boundaries in Pittsylvania County. According to either proposition, Adams (R-16) and Del. Danny Marshall (R-14) would compete for the same seat in the House in future elections.
“It is important to mention that these initially proposed maps are starting points for further determinations regarding the particular details of each region which will be addressed at future committee meetings, the number of which will increase as the deadline approaches.” Adams said. noted. “There will also be other public hearings that will be held virtually, depending on the region.”
The time for public comment on the proposals for the Southside Virginia districts is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 at 10 a.m.
Adams suggested that conversations to deviate from the proposed maps to keep delegates seated in the 14th and 16th Districts separate are underway.
“The public is encouraged to follow the work of the commission and to participate in public comments,” Adams said.
The information needed to do this can be found at virginiaredistricting.org.
Of the. Marshall declined to comment for this story, but said he would share his thoughts with the newspaper once the redistribution plans became more concrete.
The other Republicans on the committee are Margaret Ransone (R-Westmoreland), Senator Ryan McDougle (R-Hanover) and Senator Steve Newman (R-Lynchburg).
The four Democrats on the committee are Delegate Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) and Senator George Barker (D-Fairfax).
The commission’s enactment was part of a revised $ 135 billion budget approved in general election week last year.
The commission prides itself on its two-party system and was passed with the support of Virginia voters on both sides of the aisle – despite efforts to overturn the gerrymandering carried out by both a Red House and the Senate in the Assembly. General of Virginia in 2010.