“Miller” 5 Amended Wins The Redistricting Derby
All I can say to this plan is – ick. But unfortunately five supervisors (Burton, Kurtz, Burk, McGimsey, Buckley) voted for it. The LCDC got exactly what it wanted. Although it initially started as Miller Plan 5, Miller shifted his allegiance to the HOA plan and wanted one of the remaining supporters to put their name on it, which none of them did (why not???). I think this was an absolutely reasonable request from Miller, especially after his original submital was revised. The plan linked to above was the orginal Milker 5 but it was amended today. We’ll need to wait for the final version. Leesburg Today has a quick article up.
The big winners are Kelly Burk, who gets Leesburg as compact and whole as possible, and Andrea McGimsey, who gets her ridiculous “go west young woman” district made up of almost entirely new consituents. I believe she also gets the Millers’ home Oak Grove precinct that Delgaudio wanted nothing to do with, but which logically fits in with Sterling. The McG – ED swap makes sense for both because that precinct is reliably heavy Democratic. More incumbency protectionism at its worst. As I said above – ick.
UPDATE 2: I’ve replaced the “Miller” 5 map with a “Miller” 5 Amended map sent out by Scott York showing what the final districts will look like.