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Sunday, April 3, 2011

CHESTERFIELD GOP CALLS FOR SENATE TO RECONSIDER

Chesterfield County Republican Committee · 12107 Gordon School Road · Richmond, VA 23236 ·
info@chesterfieldgop.com http://www.chesterfieldgop.com
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Jerry L. Baldwin
Saturday, April 2, 2011 (804) 640-7838
CHESTERFIELD GOP CALLS FOR SENATE TO RECONSIDER
HOWELL’S PLAN TO REDISTRICT STATE
CHESTERFIELD, VA—The Chesterfield County Republican Committee’s (CCRC) announced
today that they are joining the debate over the Senate Democrats’ Redistricting Plan, also
referred to as “The Howell Plan”. The CCRC’s Executive Committee believes that the proposed
bill, sponsored by Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), redraws Virginia’s legislative and
congressional boundaries in a method that severely diminishes the ability of Chesterfield’s
Senators to represent the interests and needs of the County in the Virginia State Senate.
As currently proposed, the Howell Plan severely reduces the Chesterfield portion of the 11th
Senatorial District, while spreading the District across seven localities in rural Southside
Virginia. Likewise, the 10th District will now reach into rural areas far north and west of
Chesterfield. A third district – the 8th District – is being established with portions of Chesterfield,
Richmond and Henrico County, while also removing citizens from their current Senate Districts.
Finally, the urban-based 16th District would grow into to more areas of Chesterfield.
On April 2, 2011, the CCRC’s Executive Committee adopted a resolution requesting the Senate
of Virginia to reconsider the “Howell Plan” and realign the Senate Districts in Chesterfield to
primarily serve the interests of the 316,000 citizens of the County.
“It does not serve our citizens, our families and our business owners to be placed in ruraldominated
Districts with communities that have so little in common with Chesterfield,” noted
Chairman Donald C. Williams. He continued, “Our 316,00 citizens deserve to be represented by
Senators who are primarily dedicated to Chesterfield’s interests.”
Additionally, in the event that the Senate does not redistrict Chesterfield in a manner that will
best represent the citizens of the county, the Executive Committee requested that Governor
McDonnell exercise his Gubernatorial authority and Veto any bill that includes the currently
proposed Senate District realignment.
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Chesterfield County Republican Committee
12107 Gordon School Road
Richmond, VA 23236
Donald Williams, Chairman

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