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On February 14, 2019, a Federal Court Panel Ordered new House of Districts for 26 districts in Virginia. The 79th district was one of the most changed in the entire state. These districts are in effect immediately until and unless the Supreme Court of the United States overturns them. This is very confusing, and during this period of confusion, Delegate Heretick will continue to serve the needs of those who used to be in his district along side those who now are. Here is the new map:

The new district includes the Western Branch area of Chesapeake, including all of the following Precincts: Taylor Road, Pughsville, Silverwood, Churchland, Fellowship, and Bailey Creek. In Portsmouth, the district includes all of precinct 39 (Churchland Primary & Intermediate), precinct 38 (Grove Baptist), precinct 34 (Churchland Library), precinct 25 (John Tyler), and a little portion of precinct 35 (Churchland Elementary), which includes only the neighborhoods of Pinehurst and Wise Beach. In Norfolk, the district includes the entire precinct of Titustown and then 4 split precincts- Second Presbyterian, Granby Elementary, Willard, and little portion of Lafayette Winona precinct (Lakewood Academy for Discovery). Norfolk neighborhoods in the district include Riverfront, Algonquin, Glenwood Park, Talbot Park, North Meadow Brook, Norfolk Crossing, Riverpoint, East and West Belvedere, Roland Park, and Lakewood.

 

The old district (which could be put back in place if the Supreme Court overturns the decision of the lower court), included only Portsmouth and Norfolk. Here is the old map, which is no longer in effect, but Delegate Heretick will continue to help constituents as a courtesy.

The old map included all of the following precincts in Portsmouth: 39, 37, 36, 35, 24, 25, 30, 22, 10, 7, and most of 9. In Norfolk it included West Ghent (Taylor Elementary), part of ODU, and the area around the Naval Base, including Lochaven (which is now the only part of that precinct NOT in the new district).

Both of these maps, especially the new one, are extremely Gerrymandered. This is just another example of why Delegate Heretick has been such a tireless leader for non-partisan independent redistricting reform.


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