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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.

Bernardita Z. Hutchinson

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80302

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

I am shocked and alarmed at the information that has become public about Danny Moore's extremely partisan and dangerous political views. As a candidate for this same commission, I feel strongly that Mr. Moore's unacceptable actions have absolutely disqualified him from serving on what is meant to be an “independent" commission. Going back into my files to find the spreadsheet containing all applicants’ submissions, it is clear to me that Mr. Moore's application included the bare minimum of information requested and that he did not fully disclose his "past political activity" or the "list of political and civic organizations belonged to." Additionally, applicants were requested to submit a personal statement - compared to what I and most other applicants submitted, Mr. Moore simply copied his list of professional affiliations. Further, Mr. Moore’s “statement on working with consensus” was rambling at best - “Citizens get what they vote for…For our society to remain civilized we must provide all of our citizens with equal representation.” By contrast, I stated my hope that "only qualified candidates who are genuinely interested in serving the best interests of our entire state will be selected. If I am selected, I pledge to be a fair, engaged and thoughtful representative for all Coloradans. Based on my extensive experience working with diverse constituencies in business, the non-profit sector and as an active volunteer serving on various community initiatives, I have always strived to be fair and impartial. I believe it is important to listen to all sides and find common ground. As a swing state, Colorado is uniquely positioned to demonstrate how to bridge the political divide in its new redistricting process. I would be honored to participate in this important effort." It is disheartening to have volunteered in good faith to serve on this important commission and to not have been selected, when someone as compromised as Mr. Moore was chosen instead. I applaud the other commissioners for voting unanimously to strip him of his chair role yesterday, but feel strongly that he needs to be removed entirely from this commission. Surely you can find someone else who is able to serve in the independent and fair capacity in which the commission was designed and overwhelmingly approved by Colorado’s voters in 2018.

Ashlee Lewis

Commission: both

Zip: 80013

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

Mr. Danny Moore is not excused from his rhetoric against Asian Americans on his social media. He is a person of color and he is in a powerful position, which comes with responsibility to know better and to be better. Mr. Moore is aware of how this rhetoric is affecting his fellow Americans who are Asians and he shamelessly continues to use this rhetoric and fabricating stories like “When this is over I want accountability for the Chinese News Network (CNN) and its operatives for caring China’s water and lying to the American people and endangering the lives of American’s and those of the world.” This is not someone who has integrity nor is he an intelligent person. This is a dangerous leader and as an Asian American I am threatened by his presence in his role. Removing Mr. Moore as the Chair is not not enough, I request that Mr. Moore be removed from the commission period. I would also recommend that the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions to do a thorough research on their potential members before they allow individuals to take their position and to prevent people who are shamelessly biased against marginalized Americans to never take a seat at your commission.

Richard Casey

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80524

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

Hello, I fully support Danny Moore in his role as Chairman of the congressional redistricting commission.

Ulla Berringer

Commission: both

Zip: 80134

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

When I moved to Douglas County 40 years ago, it was a rural county with a population of about 27,000. Parker and Castle Rock were small towns and Highlands Ranch didn't exist. Latest estimate of 2020 population is 370,000. We are now an urban/suburban county ,where people commute to Denver and surrounding counties ,and we have very little in common with all the agricultural, rural counties of the entire eastern part of the state and therefore our congressional representative is not representing us well. We need to be included in the urban, suburban districts when the districts gets redrawn.

Sharon Kortrey

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80915

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

My comment is about former chairman Danny Moore. Please, Mr. Moore, keep your head held high and don't apologize to the mob. I am very concerned how the woke media has portrayed you in what I would consider a political takedown. Apparently, you must have posed a great threat to the leftists agenda. To be fair, maybe all the commissioners' social media posts should be scrutinized as thoroughly. Best of luck to you Mr. Moore and to all of our redistricting commissioners. Please keep the politics and lobbyists from this commission. You all have an important and difficult job ahead of you and I will keep you all in my prayers.

Lawrence Koppelman

Commission: both

Zip: 80474

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

Dear Commission members, I have been a property owner of "little" Gilpin County for a few weeks shy of 23 years. As a full time resident I have been constantly impressed by the loyalty and support of the the county's almost entirely residents to this relatively uniform rural mountain county situated between the Continental Divide on the west and moderately inhabited foothill communities on the east. As the most of county is small and relatively uniform in geography and population, it only make sense to leave as an integral part of Colorado's Second Congressional District as now exists. I don't see what would be gained by parsing the county into some different political subdivisions as it is a great fit to the current District #2. Thanks for your consideration during your important deliberations. Lawrence Koppelman Rollinsville, Northern Gilpin County

Patty Lampman

Commission: both

Zip: 80107

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

Elbert County is a rural county on the eastern plains of Colorado, with an approximate population in 2019 of 26,000 people. We have two principal towns, Kiowa is the county seat, with Elizabeth being the largest town with an estimated population in 2019 of 1,566 and growing rapidly. Our economic base consists of small family owned and operated businesses, farms, and ranches. The town of Elizabeth has a WalMart and a Safeway. There were 2,786 jobs within the county in 2018. The majority of the people who live in Elbert County commute to the neighboring counties of ElPaso, Douglas, and Arapahoe to work, shop, receive medical care with some families sending their children to school in neighboring Douglas County. The average commute 35.9 minutes. People in our community know each other, value the plains and the farming and ranching way of life and love the environment in which we live. We love our wide open spaces and want to maintain the quality of life we enjoy, but we see unfettered growth and development to the north and west of our county. We are becoming a bedroom community to Douglas and Arapahoe counties. Many are not aware that Elbert County is the sweet spot over the aquifers which supply the water up and down the Front Range. At least 80% of Elbert County residents owning property have private wells. The continued growth and development to the north, west, and south of us and even within our own county is concerning and directly impacts Elbert County residents and their quality of life. The wide open spaces in the county are slowing fading as farmers and ranchers retire, and sell their property to developers. This growth within and outside of the county is having a direct impact on our water and the infrastructure traveling into and out of the county. Even though our county has been primarily a rural community, the continued growth and development in the neighboring counties as well as in Elbert County makes redistricting necessary. It makes sense that with the majority of residents commuting outside of Elbert County to work, shop, receive medical care, as well as educate their children that we should combine Elbert, Douglas, and Arapahoe counties and maybe even some portion of Colorado Springs. The residents of Elbert County are contributing too and impacted by the economics, the infrastructure decisions and utilize the same natural resources as our neighboring counties to the south, west and north. I appreciate and thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Michael B.

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80113

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

Commissioner Moore is a massive distraction from the overarching goal of the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission. He is a public servant, he should have known to step down the moment this nonsense came to light and allow someone untainted by controversy to take his place. The only reason I can imagine he has remained on the commission is that he has a clear partisan goal he has been tasked to achieve. Therefore, the commission should remove him at once and replace him with a Republican who understands the weight of the humble task set upon these commissioners. I'm sure Commissioner Moore will remember from his Navy days: there is no room personal politics in serving the United States of America. The longer he remains on this commission, the less trust the public will have in EVERY commissioner and their devotion to producing nonpartisan maps for the next decade of Colorado's congressional elections.

David Mills

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80018

Submittted: April 06, 2021

Comment:

I fully endorse Danny Moore's continued participation in the redistricting process. His long service as a member of the U.S. military make him uniquely qualified, and he has earned our trust through his dedication to his country.

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