With new cards Slotkin will run in Lansing district
LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Independent Citizens Constituency Commission has adopted new maps for the state’s 13 congressional districts, 38 state Senate seats and 110 state chamber seats for the 10 coming years.
The 13-member panel consists of four Democrats, four Republicans and five non-partisan members.
This is the first time that an independent commission has drawn these maps, thanks to a voting initiative in 2018, which was supported by more than 60% of Michiganders. The process was previously led by the political party that controlled the state legislature. For the past two decades, it has been controlled by Republicans.
“The personal experience I have had was making sure we were listening and trying to incorporate public comment,” said Commissioner MC Rothhorn, a Democrat from Lansing who sits on the panel.
Nancy Wang, executive director of the popular organization “Voters Not Politicians” helped launch the initiative, and said the approval of the cards was “a cause for celebration.”
“These cards were adopted by Republican, Democratic and Independent commissioners all working together,” Wang said. “It’s really not something that we see a lot these days with our politicians.”
United States Representative Elissa Slotkin, who currently represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, will seek re-election in the new 7th Congressional District.
This new district will encompass approximately two-thirds of the current Slotkin district, including all of Livingston, Shiawassee, Ingham and Clinton counties and almost all of Eaton County. However, the new district no longer includes parts of northern Oakland County, where the Slotkin family farm is located.
“The independent commission that drew these lines really listened to the people of the tri-county area,” Slotkin said. “She really listened to the people who said, ‘Hey, it doesn’t make sense to have Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties three different congressional districts.’ So it was thanks to the activism and commitment of the local population. “
Slotkin said she believes this new district will make the district’s representation more complete.
“Lansing has always been the biggest city in my district, but it was weird to only have the Ingham County part,” Slotkin said. “So I think that will make it easier because it really makes Lansing and the Lansing job market and industry really central to the district.”
Earlier this year, State Representative Sarah Anthony and former State Representative and Mayor of East Lansing Sam Singh announced they would run for the 23rd District of Michigan State Senate. , which currently includes most of Lansing, East Lansing, Mason and Leslie.
Anthony will now run in the new Senate District of State 21 and Singh will now run in District 28.
The new 21st state Senate district will no longer include East Lansing, but will include more areas west of Lansing, such as Grand Ledge, Charlotte and Olivet.
“I am delighted that this district includes my hometown of Lansing, as well as the majority of Ingham and Eaton counties,” said Anthony. “This new district will always include farmers and small business owners in both suburban and urban areas. So I think our platform will remain the same, which only stands up for the working class people.”
The new 28th State Senate District will include East Lansing, St. Johns and Owosso.
“You know, when you look at the wider region, Eaton County, Clinton County, Ingham County… we all have a lot in common with Shiawassee. County, ”Singh said. “And so the fact that they are separated doesn’t concern me much. I think the issues are the same when you take a look at these communities. “
Singh and his family reside in East Lansing, and he said he plans to run to his hometown district.
Some state lawmakers were not happy with the new cards.
State Representative Graham Filler currently represents Michigan’s 93rd Home District, made up of Clinton County and parts of Gratiot County. He described the new State House cards as “a bit of a mess.”
In the new State House map, County Clinton will be divided into three different districts.
“Watching this commission sort of slice and dice County Clinton, all in the name of quotes, partisan fairness … I find it remarkably sad, and I don’t think it will lead to good governance.” . forward, ”Filler said.
Filler said he believed the new map would cause confusion among residents of Clinton County.
“Anyone who lives in central Michigan knows that Clinton County is a clear community of interest,” Filler said. “We have county commissioners. We have a county roads commission. We have agricultural influences in every town, village, township in Clinton County. And all of that was ignored by the commission.”
The new cards already face legal challenges, but Commission President Brittni Kellom has said she is confident the cards will withstand litigation.
“Be confident in the process and in the way you saw it unfold,” Kellom said at a recent press conference.
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