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Marcus Schriver

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80918

Submittted: April 11, 2021

Comment:

Colorado Springs and Pueblo should be in the same district. These are two of the larger cities in the southern half of the state and they are not very far apart (in fact, they are slightly closer than Boulder and Fort Collins are to each other). Additionally, these cities have more in common with each other than with the surrounding rural areas currently included in their respective districts. There are also many recreation areas and amenities that are used by residents of both cities such as Beaver Creek state park. I have drawn up a district map that shows what this would look like. I tried to create as many competitive districts as possible as I know that is a goal of this commission: https://davesredistricting.org/join/424bce0e-51ce-457f-b124-8ab1120cac74

Stuart Shapiro

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80210

Submittted: April 11, 2021

Comment:

Denver should make up one congressional district so that a representative can focus on Denver's and its residents' interests.

Stefan Moreno

Commission: congressional

Zip: 81001

Submittted: April 11, 2021

Comment:

I think it's important for Colorado to have a district with a higher proportion of minorities. It is possible to draw one that is majority minority and over 40% Latino (a plurality) by combining East Denver near the airport with Aurora and some of the Northern, inner suburbs. I also think Grand, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Summit, Eagle, Aspen, Lake, and Gunnison counties should all be grouped together because they all have a lot of ski resorts and thus have a shared interest around the ski tourism economy. Right now these counties are split between districts 2 and 3. The commission might also include some of west Jefferson county in the same district because I know I lot of avid skiers who work in Denver are moving there in order to have access to both the mountains and the city (now that that the Boulder area is so expensive). Overall, I think it's really important to maximize the number of competitive districts. It seems like drawing three highly competitive districts is very doable while also maintaining reasonable shapes and generally keeping similar areas together. I have attached an example of such a map. Under this map, 3 districts are highly competitive, 2 would probably vote Republican most of the time, and 3 would vote Democrat most of the time, which seems appropriate given the slight Democrat-tilt of the state overall in recent elections. In 2016, under this map, Trump would have narrowly won 2 of the 3 competitive districts while Clinton narrowly carried 1. Bennett in 2016 would have narrowly won 2 of these 3 districts while Glenn would have narrowly carried the other. In 2018, Weiser would have narrowly carried 2 of these 3 districts while Brauchler carried the other. Polis would have narrowly carried all three competitive districts in 2018. In most of these races, the margins would be <5 points and in all cases they would have been <10 in these districts. The uploading function of this form is not working (I tried several times and several of the formats listed). Here is a link to the map: https://davesredistricting.org/join/0cc1f96d-1054-4377-aa85-de1b37223662

Susan McFaddin

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80524

Submittted: April 10, 2021

Comment:

I would like to ask that Fort Collins and Boulder remain in CD 2. We face many of the same challenges and opportunities and need a single voice in the US House to meet them. Both Colorado State and University of Colorado are in Congressional District 2 and collaborate on world class research together. Our current Congressman is able to help facilitate those opportunities at the Federal level. We both face very real challenges with the wildfires and other natural disasters and need a single voice in our response. We both share in our love and frequent use of Rocky Mountain National Park. We need a single voice. Our current congressman has shown how his collaboration of these two regions is key to the success of economic development in our area. Please keep Congressional District so that it includes both Fort Collins and Boulder. Thank you. Susan McFaddin, PhD Colorado Elector for CD2

Mark Meeks

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80421

Submittted: April 08, 2021

Comment:

I have welcomed our Precinct being in Congressional District 2. I believe our community shares concerns with those throughout the District, and I have fully benefited from the representation we have experienced in this District. I very much hope this arrangement will remain and that our community will continue as part of Congressional District 2. Thank you.

Linda

Commission: both

Zip: 80016

Submittted: April 08, 2021

Comment:

I am appalled at your action of removing Danny Moore as Chairman of the Redistricting Committee. I have read his FB post and also watched the Kyle Clark interview. Clark clearly has a bias towards liberal/leftist views and has a very wide audience to hear them. Mr Moore’s FB comment was about voter integrity and freedoms in our country. Your action was censorship. Shame on you. Linda White

Mike Quick

Commission: both

Zip: 80501

Submittted: April 07, 2021

Comment:

Good that you have removed from leadership someone who believes the 2020 Presidential election was not legitimate. There are more among you with this belief. I am requesting each of the independent and republican commissioners state for the public record whether Donald J. Trump lost a legitimate Presidential election in 2020. Coloradans have a right to know what their redistricting commissioners views are on this question. Thank you.

Nabheet S Sandhu

Commission: both

Zip: 80121

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

Danny Moore shouldn't be on the commission for the exact espousing of the same xenophobic and anti Asian rhetoric that puts Asian lives in danger. Someone of hate ideals should not be determining what is fair in district lines for voters.

Kurt W Knoernschild

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80503

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

Thanks to the Commision for the opportunity to present my thoughts and concerns regarding the redistricting of the Colorado federal Congressional districts. I appreciate your willingness to tackle this task which will be much more difficult this year with the late release of census data. My name is Kurt Knoernschild, and I live with my wife in Longmont, which is my community of interest. When we were approaching retirement, we chose Longmont for several reasons: it is a vibrant multiethnic and multicultural community, and celebrates diversity; it offers many options of senior-living communities, with easy access to shopping and dining options; it (as well as Boulder County) provides many senior programs and services; it provides easy access to medical and other health services that we need; and it offers good access to regional cultural and recreational attractions, from Longmont’s own County Fairgrounds to Denver’s Performing Arts Center to Rocky Mountain hikes and skiing. We are extremely happy with our choice, and expect to lead (after COVID) a very active and involved retirement, taking full advantage of the choices that we have because of living in Longmont. One concern that has arisen for me is my feeling that my community of interest is lost within my current Congressional district (CO #4). The district as currently designated stretches from the northern Colorado border to the southern, along the whole eastern side of the state. Geographically the district is primarily rural with a few cities and towns like Longmont included to reach the required population goal. It would be a difficult district for anyone to represent well because it is so sprawling and diverse, almost to the point of being polarized. At present, the concerns of farming, ranching, and gas and oil production dominate our Republican Representative’s time and interest, with little time and no interest for his more urbanized and more Democratic-leaning constituents. Because of the way that the district is currently delineated, it will rarely be competitive for any Democrat. While I understand that with such rural and urban interests competing for time and attention, the Representative will have to make choices about their time and focus. But everyone deserves to be represented by at least being heard. With a district that is so large and one-sided, it is almost inevitable that the minority voices will be ignored. In a district more compact and competitive, it is more likely that all voices will at least be heard, even if there will always be those who are dissatisfied with the outcome. I would like to suggest that a Congressional district be made from the northeastern part of the state to include rural and urbanized areas in approximately equal numbers. This should allow my community of Longmont the chance to have its voices heard and for them to feel like they have a chance of sending a Representative to Congress who our community can support.

Megan Burch

Commission: both

Zip: 80125

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

I live in Roxborough, which is located at the western part of Douglas County, snuggled at the base of the foothills.  We are located south of C470, in between our beautiful state parks of Chatfield Reservoir and Roxborough State Park.   While many of us have chosen to live in Roxborough because of its natural beauty and quiet location, we regularly engage with the communities of Littleton (both Jefferson County and Arapahoe County areas) and Highlands Ranch.  As we are in Douglas county, our home schools are in Douglas county, and some families choose to have their children enrolled in schools in Jefferson or Arapahoe counties as well due to the close proximity.  Residents in our community often shop, work, and attend to personal business (doctor, dentist appointments) in the neighboring urban areas. Although Roxborough is located just south of the main Denver metro urban area, our community is more of an urban community than a rural one, and has grown substantially since the last census.  Newer residential development continues to connect our community with the remainder of the Denver metro.  The development at Sterling Ranch just east of us is a good example of this. Currently, we are part of a legislative district, the 39th, that is mostly a rural district.  Our congressional district is the 4th district, which is another mostly rural district.  Our community has different needs than these rural areas.   I would like to respectfully request that when you are considering state legislative and US congressional maps, that you integrate the community of Roxborough with an urban area to best suit our needs. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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