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How Redistricting Would Affect the Phoenixville Area

If the plan goes though, state Sen. Andy Dinniman would no longer represent the borough.

At a recent gathering, Mayor Leo Scoda once joked that state Sen. Andy Dinniman is always popping up around the Phoenixville area. 

"I swear, if there's a birthday party with more than 10 people at it, Andy will be there," Scoda said. 

If a proposed redistricting plan goes through, Phoenixville will have new representation in the state senate, as Dinniman's line will move south. According to the state's guide on redistricting, the process occurs every 10 years following the Census. 

The Allentown Morning Call put together a comprehensive interactive map that shows the current and proposed electoral districts of state representatives and senators. In addition to switching from a Democratic district to a Republican one under state Sen. John Rafferty, there would also be some changes in the state House seats around the Phoenixville area. 

Senate

Senate District 19—Dinniman's district—would see the line move south, and the borough along with Upper Providence, East Pikeland and Schuylkill townships will become part of Senate District 44, represented by Rafferty, who is expected to announce a 2012 run for state attorney general. Charlestown Township will still be represented by Dinniman. 

Dinniman recently received an award for his efforts to save the Medal of Honor Grove, and that would no longer be in his district if the redistricting plan goes through as currently proposed.

House

The Phoenixville area will see some shake-ups in House districts if the redistricting plan goes thorugh as it's currently planned.

State Rep. Warren Kampf's 157th district will cross the Schuylkill River into Mont Clare and Oaks as well as other parts of Upper Providence Township. Currently, Oaks and Mont Clare are represented by Republican Mike Vereb. While some of Kampf's area bleeds into Montgomery County, he doesn't currently represent Upper Providence.

Rep. Curt Schroeder's district will now extend into East Pikeland Township, an area formerly covered by state Rep. Duane Milne. All representatives in the Phoenixville area are currently Republicans and that wouldn't change under the proposed redistricting plan. 

Feedback Deadline

The deadline to give public input on the proposed redistricting is Dec. 1. The Times Leader newspaper summed up the rest of the process:

Though the testimony portion of the process is complete, the public’s chance to express concerns over the planned redistricting maps is not. The public comment period will continue up until Dec. 1, at which point the commission has 30 days to approve the maps and make them official.

The state Supreme Court could still get involved if challenges to the maps are made on legal grounds.

You can watch hearings on the proposals and find out more information on the state's redistricting website. Learn more about the public commenting process on a website sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause Pennsylvania.

Bill N. November 30, 2011 at 01:25 PM
This is the site for leaving comments, as far as I can tell (deadline is today): http://www.redistricting.state.pa.us/Contact.cfm
Bruce Bailey November 30, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Good link, Bill. Here's the message I just left there: "Our township will be badly served by the proposed new State House boundaries. We are currently 100% within the 150th district; under the new map, our township will be divided between the 150th and the 157th. The goal of reapportionment should be to keep municipalities whole whereever possible; this plan, in this instance, divides a township that had not been divided before. This erodes the representation for Upper Providence residents and weakens our voice with both elected representatives. Please revise these districts and place our township wholly within one or the other of them."
David Curran November 30, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Dinniman has done a fine job for the Phoenixville area since he was elected and was very accessible; he will be sorely missed
Erin Marie December 01, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Thanks for the link. Just left a message -- hope it wasn't too late.
Daniel Pipes December 04, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Other than the MOH grove and showing up for birthday parties like the Mayor said,Phoenixville would be better served without Dinniman. I called and have emailed his office several times and get no response. He is an oppurtunistic Senator at best and shows up when something big happens to get in the paper. He along with some other dignitaries tried to stop the closing of Wyeth Labs by making a deal to keep manufacturing in Upper Providence Twp. and allowed all the layoffs in Fazer to happen without so much as a peep. Now the layoffs in UP are happening and it is out of his district so it doesn't concern him. For a Democrat to be so concerned about jobs, he let close to 15,000 leave the county. Good riddance, Andy.

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