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Jane Houssiere

Commission: both

Zip: 80301

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

I am writing to express my support for ending the practice of prison gerrymandering. It makes sense and is more equitable for persons who temporarily live in prisons or jails be allowed to vote in their home districts, rather than constitute part of the district where the institution is located. (submitted by email 7/22/21)

Marc Yaxley

Commission: both

Zip: 81416

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

All of Delta County must be kept in one district and included with Mesa County for both the Senate and House seats. This will be better represent us in the State Legislature for the next ten years. The last 10 years have been terrible for Delta County as the current arrangement has done little positive for Delta County residents. Additionally the Western Slope Must stay intact in order to make our voices heard. Joining up our various communities with the Eastern regions simply does not make representative sense. Maybe its logical giving a gain of one parties power to slice and paste our small towns in with other counties and districts that fit that purpose. This is not the reason we redistrict every ten years after the national census is taken. Our population vs. location numbers have not changed that much to cause your commission to bounce our small towns to build numbers in neighboring districts for influence. Mesa County and Delta County should be kept together as our population visits our mutual cities for shopping, medical care and social activities being we are all within a 50 mile circle. Our communities perform the similar agricultural farming products, recreation products and interests in care for our part of Colorado. Please put all of Mesa and all of Delta counties in one district. I wouldn't overlook joining Montrose down to Montezuma counties in this new far western district.

Rebecca McClellan

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80122

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

Thanks for the opportunity to address the commission on Wednesday evening in Englewood. Amanda Crosby, Carrie Warren-Gully, and I would like to thank you for considering moving House District 9 in the Preliminary Staff map to adhere more closely to the Littleton Public School District lines. This district is unique among its neighbors in size and the type of student population they serve and needs a clear voice in the legislature around funding and education policy issues. Attached is an electronic version of the letter. The last two pages of the letter include illustrations of how the House map in that area could work, following the constitutional direction for this commission.

Pete Wood

Commission: both

Zip: 80487

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

• What shared interests unite your community? • Western Slope and northwest Colorado communities have agriculture, fossil fuel energy, and outdoor recreation industries in common. As our government drives us away from fossil fuels and toward "green" energy, we must keep our communities united to find alternative industries and jobs for those who will be impacted. Additionally, we have many people who live outside of Routt County who support the outdoor recreation industry largely centered in Steamboat Springs. These people must remain represented by the same officials where the live and where they earn their living. • What are your community’s public policy concerns? • Western Slope and northwest Colorado public policy concerns include affordable housing, quality public education, healthcare, climate change and energy, and local and state taxes. Residents of Routt County need affordable housing and representation that will understand how our communities can leverage opportunities to bring down the cost of housing, utilities, and transportation to support middle and lower income families within and beyond Routt County. We must also remain intact to ensure proper representation to maintain available, quality healthcare for our rural residents. Ensuring energy workers are able to maintain good jobs and standards of living is critical as the state and federal government replace the industry. We must also remain intact to ensure climate change and "green" energy initiatives are represented properly to ensure least impact on the cost of living for middle and lower income families in our communities. Our public education must also remain properly represented to ensure focus remains on educating our children and not indoctrinating them in "social justice" ideology that represents communities in the more urban Front Range and resort counties like Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin. • What geographic areas or features are important to your community? • Western Slope and northwest Colorado geographic features include the Rocky Mountains west of the Continental Divide, abundant river valleys, vast farming and ranching pastures, and wide semi-arid basins and plateaus. These are important because they are the resources for our main industries. Much of this land is owned by the federal government and must be managed appropriately to continue supporting the livelihoods of our citizens. We must have proper representation to ensure our forests are responsibly managed to reduce the growing wildfire hazards and conservation of our fragile ecosystems. We must also have representation to help manage our water supply as our communities grow and local demand rises to support our industries and communities. • What else should the commissions know about your community? • Routt County is part of the Western Slope and northwest Colorado. We are not part of the Front Range where communities are urban in nature and have entirely different community interests and cultural and economic needs. We must avoid being included in Front Range counties that would diminish our representation in Denver and in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Haefele

Commission: both

Zip: 80521

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

I want to remind the commission that the voters in Colorado voted overwhelmingly to create an unbiased process to allocate congressional and legislative districts and the only way to fully honor the will of the people is to count incarcerated people in their home districts. Counting them in the districts where the prisons are located gives unfair weight to those mostly less populated areas, while at the same time diminishing the representation of the home communities of the people in the prisons.

Jody Deschenes

Commission: both

Zip: 80525

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

I just want to briefly state my support for NOT including prison-populations at their prison addresses. This totally skews the actual, real, voluntary, logical population of any given district. Just like people in rehab, hospitals (for mental or physical treatments), educational facilities, etc.....prisoners are NOT active 'residents' when they are incarcerated. All humans should be counted at 'regular' residential addresses. An additional aspect of the prison population is that they are NOT in prison facilities 'voluntarily' (yes, one could argue that when one breaks the law and gets caught that is an aspect of voluntary, but this is not straightforward. These people did not actively choose to live en masse in a involuntarily locked up situation). Please consider these as you hammer out these maps. Democracy truly rests on a few pillars, and one of these is drawing boundaries for districts of voters with fair and logical intentions. Thank you for your time and effort and integrity in this endeavor.

Colleen Silan

Commission: both

Zip: 80521

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

I would like you to adopt the proposed redistricting map because if better reflects our community. I do not approve of the GOP proposal! Thank you for accepting comments and for all you do for our community.

Rita Lewis

Commission: both

Zip: 80207

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

The votes of residents in 80207 have been diluted by the 80238 (Stapleton/Central Park). Stapleton/Central Park and Lowry 80230 were both created decades after 80205 and 80207 and 80238 and 80230's views more closely align as compared to the older neighborhoods of 80205 and 80207. Please redistrict so 80207 can vote separately and independent from 80238.

Rachel Bellis

Commission: both

Zip: 80487

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

I am a Steamboat Springs resident writing to oppose the proposed redistricting of Congressional District 3 to join Routt County with Moffat County. The current map for District 3 appropriately places Routt County together with neighboring Eagle County. There is a natural community of interest binding Routt County and Eagle County. Both counties are home to ranches and mountain ski resorts, which means both have to address the complex simultaneous public policy concerns of urban, rural, alpine, and agricultural communities. The current congressional map for District 3 ensures fair and effective representation of all those concerns. While neighboring Moffat County shares Routt County’s concerns for safeguarding the environment for ranching and recreation, there is no community of interest that in any way aligns Moffat County with the public policy concerns and economic interests that dominate Steamboat Springs and the surrounding communities in Routt County. The public policy concerns in the communities surrounding Steamboat Springs focus on managing the area's alpine ski industries and destination-based all-season tourism, developing regional strategies for meeting the critical needs of a workforce employed by those industries for housing, childcare, and county-wide transportation, and preserving the quality of life for the people who live and work in these communities. Moffat County does not share these public policy concerns--but Eagle County does. To ensure fair and effective representation of Routt County's public policy concerns, Routt County and Eagle County should remain in the same congressional district.

Randy Ross

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80526

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

It will be 40 years that I have lived in Fort Collins this September. The map proposed by the redistricting commission fits the community of Fort Collins. In fact, I taught middle school in Laporte and extending my district (53) northwest to Laporte will tie that feeder school in with Poudre High School. I have seen an alternative map that does not include Laporte with the west side of Fort Collins but rather extends the present district 53 east to Lemay. That does not reflect the neighborhood communities considering the school district high school boundaries. Those boundaries affect recreation, policing, and parks.

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