The Republicans who control the House of Delegates and the Democrats who control the state Senate released their respective redistricting plans late Tuesday.
Not surprisingly, each party seeks to help itself and hurt the other.
* The House plan would move a few precincts in Southwest Roanoke County from the district now represented by Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, into the one now represented by Del. Bill Cleaveland, R-Botetourt. Now, the precincts of Clearbrook, Hunting Hills and Ogden are in Cleaveland’s district. Under the new plan, those three would stay there and be joined by Garst Mill, Mount Vernon, Windsor Hills and part of Penn Forest.
* The Senate plan would create a Senate district that runs from Salem through Southwest Roanoke County all the way down to Smith Mountain Lake. State Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta, currently lives in that district, though most of his current district winds up elsewhere. Salem is currently represented in the Senate by Ralph Smith, R-Botetourt, who wound find himself in a district that runs toward Lynchburg.
No word yet on proposed congressional district maps.