Sypolt Congress District map separates growth areas
KINGWOOD, W. Va. – The state Senate redistribution committee will meet again on Wednesday and may make a decision on a new congressional map taking into account the state’s declining population.
State Senator Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, co-chair of the committee, submitted a proposed map that divides the state from east to west by creating two congressional districts.
West Virginia is growing from three congressional districts to two due to population loss over the past decade.
Sypolt’s map places the growth areas around Morgantown and Martinsburg in separate districts.
“I would love to see these growth areas split into two so that these districts grow at roughly the same rate,” Sypolt said in an appearance Monday on MetroNews “Talkline”.
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District 1 on Sypolt’s map places Kanawha, Wood, Monongalia, Harrison, Marion, and Ohio counties in the same district. Its southernmost county is Kanawha and its northernmost county is Hancock.
District 2, according to Sypolt, would encompass the entire eastern enclave, through the eastern mountains and to the southern coal basins. The district would extend from Jefferson County to Cabell County.
Sypolt said he was concerned that the twinning of north central and eastern counties would lead to disproportionate growth over the next 10 years.
“They seem to overtake the rest of the state. The population will be more balanced between the two neighborhoods (with its map), ”Sypolt said.
There were 21 congressional maps proposed by the Senate redistribution committee on Monday afternoon.
The Senate and the House of Delegates are to agree on a new map that will be in effect for the 2022 elections.
The Senate is also responsible for redesigning the senatorial constituencies due to population displacement. Sypolt said he was in favor of the counties remaining whole as much as possible.
“I think it’s the local government, it’s the state of mind,” Sypolt said. “If you ask a person where they are from, what does they say? “I’m from Preston County. I am from Cabell County.
There are currently no Senate District Map proposals posted.
Wednesday’s Senate District Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The House district committee is also due to meet this week.
A special legislative session on redistribution could take place as early as next week. Lawmakers are expected to already be in Charleston Oct. 10-12 for the monthly interim committee meetings.