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Bledsoe to Submit Letter Urging Veto by Governor on Split House District

Michigan House Rep. Tim Bledsoe and Grosse Pointe political leaders signed a joint letter opposing the split district for the Pointes–a map that is awaiting the governor's signature after being redrawn.

In addition to the letters submitted by residents, a joint letter opposing called for in redrawn representation maps will be given to Gov. Rick Snyder. 

The letter, signed by Rep. Tim Bledsoe, Chair of the Eastside Republican Club Jenny Nolan and President of the Grosse Pointe Democratic Club Gary Bresnehan, requests Snyder to veto the bill and require a new map be determined without splitting up the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. 

Every 10 years, districts are redrawn in an effort to ensure equal representation based on U.S. Census figures. The new map calls for Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores and Harper Woods to be combined with a significant portion of Detroit in one district and the Farms, City and Park to be part of another district also joined by a significant portion of Detroit. 

Bledsoe fears the split will eliminate a Grosse Pointe voice from the state house of representatives. Further, his district lost 4 percent of its population, meaning it only needs a small addition to make up the difference, he has said.

The new maps calling for the split district in the state house calls for the Pointes and Harper Woods to remain one district in the state senate and the U.S. Congress.

Bledsoe is also plan that he will then forward to Snyder. The split house is the first time the Pointes will be divided in more than 100 years, Bledsoe said. 

Nolan and Bresnehan echo Bledsoe's thoughts about the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods being one community despite being six municipalities, according to a press release. Nolan urges residents of either political party to oppose the plan calling for the split districts. 

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