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Draft Redistricting Maps Released for Public Comments

Today, City’s Redistricting Commission has released the five draft Council District maps to be considered by residents. These maps and information about the Commission’s work are posted on the City’s website. The maps are also posted on a separate website, www.CollegeParkMDRedistricting2022.com.

You can see the five proposed maps (Proposal 1 – Proposal 3C) here.

You can also view the draft maps separately and can use an interactive map here to look at the options and other layers of information.

Key changes to new maps include

  • District 1: Southern boundary has been moved a couple of blocks to the north. The Autoville neighborhood and some student apartment buildings, south of MD 193 (Enclave, Tempo, etc) are added to the district.
  • District 2: A good part of Daniels Park, Oak Springs neighborhoods, and the College Park Yarrow and Estates have been added. University apartments (Enclave, Tempo) have been removed, but other new apartments (Landmark etc.) are added depending on the proposed map.
  • District 3: The College Park Yarrow and Estates neighborhood and some part of the northern part along Route 1  have been removed, but now will include increased population.
  • District 4. The Autoville neighborhood has been removed, but will now include several new apartment housing.

The City Charter (§C2-2, “Districts”) requires that the Council review council district boundaries at least once every 10 years, soon after the decennial census is available. On February 22, 2022 the City Council approved Resolution 22-R-04 which established a Redistricting Commission to assist in this review.

The charge to the Commission includes a review of the population and voters to determine if reapportionment is necessary; scheduling public hearings and receiving public input on the factors to consider if reapportionment is necessary; developing three plans to submit to the Mayor and Council based on a four-district, two council members per district model; and the criteria and other considerations upon which to base a recommended reapportionment.

Public Redistricting Commission Meetings to Review Draft District Maps!
The City’s Redistricting Commission will hold two meetings for residents to review and provide feedback on the Commission’s draft City District maps.

  • Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm, Davis Hall (9217 51st Ave) 
  • Monday, September 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm , City Hall (7401 Baltimore Avenue) 

Residents can join both meetings via Zoom by clicking HERE.

One of the five draft redistricting maps proposed by the redistricting commission. The proposed district boundaries are in solid black. The existing districts are color-coded – yellow (D1), blue (D2), green (D3), and red (D4)

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Redistricting Commission Meetings

The City’s Redistricting Commission will hold two meetings for residents to review and provide feedback on the Commission’s preliminary City District maps prior to the Commission presenting its report to the City Council on September 27th.

The Commission has been meeting since May to review the 2020 Census data, data from the University regarding its residential population, and projections for the residential projects under construction. An analysis of the population data confirms that the City must adjust the current district boundaries in order to have equal districts. The Commission meeting minutes, the Council charge to the Commission, and other information are available at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/186/Boards-Commissions#RDC .

The first Redistricting Commission presentation of the data and preliminary districts will be held at Davis Hall on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Residents will also be able to participate remotely via https://zoom.us/j/91603412440, but please note that the hybrid meeting capability at Davis Hall is less robust than at City Hall. The preliminary maps will be provided on the City website at the link above by 5 pm on Thursday, August 25th.

The second Redistricting Commission presentation of the data and preliminary districts will be held at Monday, September 12th at 7:00pm in City Hall. This meeting will also be hybrid and participants can access the meeting via https://zoom.us/j/91603412440.

[City of College Park]

Court Tosses County Council Redistricting Plan

Last night, we came to know about a County Judge’s ruling that the County Council improperly adopted the controversial Council Redistricting Plan in November. This is a win for the residents who opposed the politically motivated gerrymandered redistricting map. Please read here for more about the news from Councilman Dernoga’s office


County residents rejoiced Friday when Circuit Court Judge William Snoddy ruled that the County Council improperly adopted the controversial Council Redistricting Plan in November.

The County Redistricting Commission produced a Recommended Map after months of public discussion and input. This Map (“Least Change”) proposed minimal changes from existing Council District boundaries.

A majority of the Council developed a new gerrymandered plan to disadvantage their political opponents who are candidates for County Council. This Map was revealed at the last possible moment to hopefully limit the opportunity for public opposition – which it did not.

The Council adopted its gerrymandered map on November 16th through Council Resolution CR-123-2021. Apart from disadvantaging political opponents, Vansille, Lakeland, College Park and Suitland residents became innocent bystanders whose communities were negatively affected.

Four County residents from these affected communities filed suit Monday arguing that a Council Resolution is an improper means of enacting the Council Redistricting Plan. These residents successfully argued that the Charter (and State law) require that all “laws” must be adopted by a Council “Bill” subject to Executive Veto (unless specifically excluded).

Judge Snoddy ruled from the bench and the parties are awaiting the issuance of his Order to understand the details.

I believe that the plaintiffs are legally correct (and that the Council’s Redistricting Plan was an undemocratic gerrymander), we will have to wait to see whether my colleagues decide to appeal. One may hope that they finally put their personal political desires aside and put an end to this public embarrassment.

[Office of CCM Tom Dernoga]

Ignoring Residents’ Outcry, County Council Approves a Gerrymandered Redistricting Map

The new County Council district map [Photo Credit: The Maryland Matters]

The new County Council district map. The finger-shaped area in College Park is added to District 1. Critics say this was to prevent a candidate from running in the upcoming County election.  [Photo Credit: The Maryland Matters]

Yesterday the County Council voted 6-3 to approve the latest County Council’s gerrymandered redistricting map. This happened after an intense public hearing, where 120+ residents spoke against the new map for nearly 6 hours.

Not a single resident spoke in support of the new plan.

Council members Dernoga, Glaros and Ivey voted against the new map.

The changes that the County Council made to the latest map are pretty significant, and they are done without consulting or letting residents know. Some of the Council colleagues even didn’t know about these changes, until the vote was taken last month.

It’s a very bad idea for elected officials to pick up their own constituents, and unfortunately, this is exactly what the County Council did.

The new map has taken out the Autoville neighborhood in College Park from the west side of the current County Council district 1, but the Calvert Hills neighborhood is added to the south of district 1. No explanation was given for these changes. The only explanation residents have – to prevent a Council candidate from running in the upcoming County election. That candidate currently lives in the Calvert Hills, and he has been campaigning in District 3 for months. The county charter states a person must live in a district for at least one year prior to running in a primary election.

There are other candidates who were expected to challenge incumbents in 2022 who were drawn out of their districts. For example, Krystal Oriadha was running for a seat in District 7. She lost by 30 votes in the last election and had already started campaigning for the next. The new map would move where she lives in Seat Pleasant from District 7 to District 5.

The video of yesterday’s hearing should be available later today or tomorrow at https://pgccouncil.us/303/County-Council-Video under Available Archives and yesterday’s date.

Council Sent Letter Opposing New County Council Redistricting Map

At this week’s meeting, the City Council approved a letter to the County Council opposing the new redistricting map that the County Council adopted on October 19, 2021. This new map continues to split College Park neighborhoods and damage the interests of our City. Please see here more on the new map here.

The letter states that the process by which a County Council majority has attempted to gerrymander the districts has damaged the public trust in the Council and has damaged the County’s reputation. Also, please consider testifying before the County Council’s November 16 meeting on the redistricting plan. You can now sign up to speak at the November 16th meeting about it here on County’s website.

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting : County Redistricting, Development Updates, and More..

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and thus the day when the North College Park Community Association will be having its November monthly meeting. Please see the full agenda below. The Zoom link and other information can be found here on NCPCA’s website: http://myncpca.org

7:00 Welcome & Review of procedures.

7:05 NCPCA officers’ reports & approval of October minutes.

7:15 Getting acquainted with the new City Manager, Kenny Young

7:45 County redistricting — possible motion

8:00 Development updates to include Sunnyside’s new park, the Endelman property, the Hollywood Streetscape, and a proposed project on Rt. 1.

8:20 Membership

8:30 Discussion about meeting formats and possible motion to request Davis Hall and other city buildings be re-opened

8:40 Announcements by elected officials and members (limited to 2 minutes each)

8:45 Practice questions for Christmas party trivia

8:50 New Business & Future Agenda Items

More Changes Made to County Redistricting Map – Final Vote on Nov 16

At this morning’s session, the County Council introduced last Thursday’s “Davis” map, with some amendments.

For College Park and the surrounding districts, here is a quick summary of the changes from last Thursday’s map:

  • The University of Maryland is put back to District 3. According to CM Turner, this was in response to Dr. Pine’s letter he sent yesterday.
  • Downtown College Park (including City Hall), West College Park and College Park Estates, and Yarrow are also put back to District 3.
  • District 1 still includes some parts of south College Park – Berwyn, Lakeland and Calvert Hill / Old town (in addition to north College Park). According to Turner, this was in response to College Park Council’s desire to have 2 council members representing College Park. He didn’t say why MD 193 wasn’t used as the boundary between District 1 and District 3.
  • The Autoville and Cherry Hill neighborhoods appear to have moved from D1 to D3
  • Most of South Laurel and some of Vansville were put back to D1.

The vote was 6-4. CM Dernoga, Glaros, Ivey and Anderson-Walker were in opposition.

The Public hearing and a vote will be held on Nov 16 on the amended map and the redistricting commission’s map.

Amended map: Red lines showing the boundaries in last Thursday’s “Davis” map.


A detailed version of the new District 1 map, showing Hollywood, Berwyn, Lakeland and Calvert Hill neighborhoods.

Council Votes Opposing Prince George’s County Council Bill CB-115 – Redistricting

Yesterday, the City Council unanimously voted in a special emergency session to express strong opposition to the proposed County Council redistricting map (the “Davis map”) put forward by a majority of the County Council on Thursday, October 14.

Later, the City posted a statement that says:

“This map is significantly different from that proposed by the County’s Redistricting Commission and would remove the entire portion of the City of College Park that is currently in District 3 from that district. Removing the City from this District hurts Prince George’s County by limiting cross-municipal collaboration and will limit the ability to create a strong economic and equitable development strategy along the Purple Line corridor.

By introducing and voting in favor of a new redistricting map that ignored much of the public input that went into developing the maps by the Redistricting Commission, the County Council demonstrated a disregard for transparency and public input in redistricting and hurt the overall legitimacy of the elected government in our County.”

In a letter sent to County Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II on October 18, the City requests that he amend the proposed redistricting map to keep the existing boundaries between County Districts 1 and 3 within the City of College Park, as recommended by the Redistricting Commission.

Residents can voice their concerns and/or opinions about redistricting and the Davis map to County Council, including the two at-large members, via email.

Mel Franklin Council Member (At-Large)

Calvin S. Hawkins, II Chair, Council Member (At-Large)

Thomas E. Dernoga Council Member (District 1)

Deni Taveras Vice-Chair, Council Member (District 2)

Dannielle M. Glaros Council Member (District 3)

Todd M. Turner Council Member (District 4)

Jolene Ivey Council Member (District 5)

Derrick L. Davis Council Member (District 6)

Rodney C. Streeter Council Member (District 7)

Monique Anderson-Walker Council Member (District 8)

Sydney J. Harrison Council Member (District 9)

[City of College Park]

New Redistricting Map Puts Entire College Park into County Council District 1

Yesterday, the County Council approved a new County redistricting map that’d put the entire College Park in District 1. Currently, College Park is part of two Council districts. The majority of north College Park is in District 1 (represented by CM Dernoga), and the rest of College Park is in Council District 3 (represented by CM Glaros)

Council Member Derrick Leon Davis proposed a brand-new map at yesterday’s County Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting..

Many, including some County Council members, said they did not see the new map before.

The proposed map was different from the one proposed by the Redistricting Commission, which was published before.

For College Park and surrounding communities, this new map includes multiple changes to your representation, below are several of the largest changes:

  • All of the City of College Park, including the University of Maryland, will be moved to District 1
  • All of the City of Greenbelt will be moved to District 3
  • The Town of Landover Hills and Bellmeade community will be moved to District 5
  • The communities of Lincoln Vista and all of Glenn Dale will be moved to District 4

The Council approved the map proposed by Council Member Davis by a vote of 6-4. Those opposing it were Tom Dernoga, Dannielle Glaros, Monique Anderson-Walker and Jolene Ivey. Those voting for it were Chair Calvin Hawkins, Vice-Chair Deni Taveras, Mel Franklin, Todd Turner, Sydney Harrison and Derrick Leon Davis.

The meeting was live-streamed and the archived video should be available to view here at the 3:47:45 mark.

The County Charter requires that Council Members must live in their district for one year prior to running in a primary election. The Council primary is in June 2022. This new map may impact multiple individuals across the County who are already running for County Council next year or are planning to but will have been required to live within these new boundaries since last June. This is the reason that the Redistricting Commission’s map only changed boundaries when it was necessary for population balance.

To view the Redistricting Commission’s report click here. To view the map proposed by Council Member Davis that was approved click here.

The new proposed Councilmanic district map will be on the agenda for Introduction next Tuesday morning. If it receives a favorable vote on Tuesday, it will not be able to be changed. The public hearing will take place in November. However, at that time, only two options are possible: approval of the new map approved, or the Council could take no action which would mean the Redistricting Commission’s recommended map moves forward.

Residents can reach out to the County elected officials and the At-Large members before Tuesday, October 19, when this new map is on the agenda for Introduction. Their email addresses are available below.

The College Park City Council is expected to discuss the topic and send a letter with its position on the changes at next Council Tuesday’s meeting.

Prince George’s County Council Member Contact Information

Mel Franklin Council Member (At-Large)

Calvin S. Hawkins, II Chair, Council Member (At-Large)

Thomas E. Dernoga Council Member (District 1)

Deni Taveras Vice-Chair, Council Member (District 2)

Dannielle M. Glaros Council Member (District 3)

Todd M. Turner Council Member (District 4)

Jolene Ivey Council Member (District 5)

Derrick L. Davis Council Member (District 6)

Rodney C. Streeter Council Member (District 7)

Monique Anderson-Walker Council Member (District 8)

Sydney J. Harrison Council Member (District 9)

[Source: Offices of CM Jolene Ivey,  CM Dernoga, CM Glaros]

Council Discusses Decennial Redistricting

At last night’s worksession, the College Park City Council kicked off a discussion about the decennial redistricting of College Park.

This year, the census redistricting data will be released in August and then in September, with different formats. In general, the redistricting process could involve the following steps, and could take 9 months:
(a) Discuss whether to re-apportion the districts and if so, developing the charge to the commission, and appoint the members
(b) Data review and public outreach to lead to the development of the number of redistricting proposals requested by the Mayor and Council.
(c) Presentation of options to the Mayor and Council.
(d) Public Hearings on some or all of the proposals.
(e) Selection of the redistricting plan and adoption of an ordinance.
(f) New Council district maps are drawn up.

The Council also discussed the possibility of changing the Council structure. Any change in the structure will need a charter change. The City Charter §C2-2, “Districts” says: “By enactment of an ordinance, the City of College Park shall apportion itself into four council districts. The City shall review its council districts not less than once every 10 years as soon as feasible after the decennial federal census figures are published. There shall be two Council members elected from each district. The qualified voters in each of the districts shall be entitled to vote for two candidates.”
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Virtual Public Hearing on Proposed County Redistricting Maps

The County Redistricting Commission has been meeting this year.  The Commission’s next meeting (Monday, July 19, 2021) will be a Virtual Public Hearing on Proposed Maps. Watch live here. This discussion is based on preliminary Census figures, which will be finalized later this year. Minutes are available on the commission website.

Please consider participating in the Public Hearing. All Redistricting Commission meetings are held virtually.

Additional important dates:

September 1, 2021 – Proposed Redistricting Plan and Report Due to the County Council
September 14, 2021- Briefing on the Redistricting Plan and Report by the Redistricting Commission to the County Council
September 28, 2021 – County Council Public Hearing on the Redistricting Plan
November 30, 2021 – If the Council passes no other law changing the proposal, then the plan, as submitted, shall become law, as of the last day of November, as an act of the County Council.

North College Park Residents Debate New County Redistricting Map

August 13 Redistricting Hearing

Residents of north College Park are debating a new county redistricting map that proposes the entire city part of one single county district (Dist 3). The residents’ debate mainly surrounds on the identity and development in the northern part of the city.

Currently, north College Park is part of county District 1, where as the rest of the city is part of District 3. A map showing the boundary changes can be found here.

Like the City of College Park, which went through its own redistricting process recently, Prince George’s county is also required to revisit its district map every 10 years following the national census. The Maryland State is also going through its congressional redistricting process.

Supporters of the proposed map think that the idea of a single County district will give College Park a larger share of attention of a County Councilmember and there will be a unified voice for the city. They also believe that the northern and southern parts of city have far more in common than NCP does with Laurel.

it will be simpler to coordinate meetings and action items with a single Councilmember, no one will have to wonder (should they forget) who the County representative is” – said one resident supporting the new plan.

Opponents of the new map disagree. They believe two voices on the County Council would make our City’s position stronger. For example, north College Park City Council member (District 1) Christine Nagle thinks residents will be best served by retaining the current Council representation. “The current representation provides increased communication opportunity and has been beneficial for North College Park. “ – Nagle said.

Nagle’s counterpart in District 1 (city council), Patrick Wojahn is not so sure. Wojahn said he has not made any official stands on the redistricting part, but he wants residents to “to give this [new plan] some thought”.

While Mr. Wojahn thinks north College Park shares some traits with Beltsville and Laurel, he thinks cities north of College Park would never be so concerned about the interests of North College Park residents.

If the interests of Laurel residents were to somehow come in conflict with the interests of North College Park residents, I think just about any County Councilmember who represents both areas, no matter how well-intentioned, would give more weight to the interests expressed by the Laurel residents” – said Mr. Wojahn.

That sentiment is shared by former north College park council member Mark Shroder. Mr. Shroder, who is now the president of north College Park Citizen Association, thinks College Park has a lot of experience of disagreeing with, and sometimes being drowned out by, Beltsville, the true issue invariably was the northern boundary of College Park, which organized Beltsville wanted to keep where it was.

If you adopt the northern boundary of College Park as the southern boundary of the district, the County Council member will always represent Beltsville against you in these cases; but may be conflicted if the boundary shifts south. Even conflicted, the Council member will usually side with Beltsville.” – Shroder argues.

North College Park resident Stephen Jascourt also believes that (NCP) residents “are much closer aligned with the rest of College Park than with Laurel, by far, and with Beltsville it is a close call – may vary by issue”.

However, Jascourt says he is of mixed minds because of north College Park’s interests. “the advantage of influencing 2 Council members is a considerable advantage, and as long as North College Park is proactive and has people who will be proactive, then I would expect we would continue to have some influence with the Council member who is often likely to come from Laurel.” – said Jascourt.

Some residents are opposing the new plan because of their support for the District 1 county council woman Mary Lehman. If the new plan goes forward, Lehman will no longer represent north College Park residents.

One of these residents is Kennis Termini. Termini thinks Lehman and her staff have been extremely responsive and helpful in addressing various issues for the community at large. “[Lehman] does not subscribe to ‘double talking’ and has always had an open door policy to her constituents.” – Termini asserts.

Mary Cook, former District 4 City council member also wants to remain in District 1 with Mary Lehman. Cook thinks that North College Park has never received the attention it deserves from the City. “The majority of its resources are used/spent south of 193 (District 3) I believe that by remaining in District 1, there would be the necessary checks and balances to help all of NCP prosper.” – Cook argues.

Unlike Cook, the current District 4 council member Afzali says he is not going to advocate for either position. “North CP seems to have no clear consensus on what they want in terms of having CP in a single district or two districts.” – said Afzali.

Given the fairly even split in the community over this issue, the City Council decided last week not to take any position on redistricting and to let the chips fall where they may.

County’s Redistricting Commission held a public hearing on July 28, when residents from both sides testified. Council will schedule another hearing on August 13 (Saturday ) from 10 am-noon at the Council Hearing Room in the County Administration Building at 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro.

It’s imperative that we act quickly and that as many people show up on Saturday as possible.” – Cook asks her fellow residents to attend the Aug 13 hearing.

The Redistricting Dilemma – The Other Way to Fix Disparity

University of Maryland

Recently, I came across this interesting post by our NCPCA president Mark Shroder, who brought the important issue of redistricting, that the City has recently went through. (Btw, Mark wrote another post later to clarify the matter a little further).

I’m glad Mark brought the issue to everyone. There really is a disparity between the residents of District 1 and the other  3 districts, when it comes to voter representation.

The main reason for this disparity can be traced to the number of residents in these districts actually voting in council elections. In the last few elections, district 1 voted in large numbers when compared to those in other 3 districts. The ratio is as high as 3 to 1.

What this mean, as Mark rightly pointed out, district 1 voters are far less powerful than that of the voters in other 3 districts, even though the 4 districts are equal number of residents registered to vote.

So why this has been happening? Mainly, the other 3 districts constitute a large number of student population, who seldom go to the voting booth.

So how do we address this unbalance? disparity?

One way to fix this, is by dividing the district boundaries in a way that would truly represent the areas based on folks who actually go to voting booth. This may make district 1 smaller, but the disparity in representation will be gone.

However, this design is based on the assumption that students are not active participants in this electoral process, even though they do “reside” in the city.

I think, there could be another way. And that is by making our students realize that it’s their lack of participation that is causing this disparity.

True we can keep this student-resident debate going as long as wish, but I think getting our students involved in City’s electoral process more involved will be a win-win situation.

Students can be residents’ partners when improving our communities and neighborhoods in the city, thus getting them involved in City’s civic and neighborhood matters can only bring fruits.

City Authorizes to Form Redistricting Commission

City Map

In last night’s session, the Council passed a resolution to form a redistricting commission to study if the current election districts should be restructured based on the Census 2010 data.

The city currecntly has four districts, each having 2 council members.

Earlier last week, the Council decided to handle redistricting in two phases.  A proposal by Mayor Andrew Fellows to have at-llarge districts or student council was put on hold until the next election. Each councilmember will be able to select one resident to serve on the Commission, and the Mayor will be able to select two.  An eleventh member will be selected by the Student Government Association at the University of Maryland. 

The Commission will have until May 31, 2011, to develop at least three redistricting plans to submit to the Mayor and Council.  The Council will then select the plan that will be used in next year’s election.

Today is Primary Election Day

Primary Election Day is TODAY, Tuesday, July 19! Voting in person? You must vote at your assigned polling location. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Voting by mail? Deposit your completed ballot in one of the 38 drop boxes located throughout the County.

Following the recent redistricting process, county district, state legislative district and congressional district information – as well as polling place information – for some registered voters has changed. Before going to the polls, all registered voters must confirm their current district and polling place information online or by calling or visiting the office of their local board of elections.

Voters who have received mail-in ballots may return the ballots via the U.S. Postal Service or by placing their ballot in an official ballot drop box. Ballots returned by the U.S. Mail must be postmarked by July 19. Each of Maryland’s 288 ballot drop boxes will be available for use until July 19 at 8 p.m. Voters can return their mail-in ballots using any official ballot box in their county of residence. A complete list of ballot box locations is available online (Spanish version).

To locate your assigned polling location or a drop box near you, click here to locate a voting center near you. #ProudtoVote For more information, click here.

Any voter who requested a mail-in ballot but did not receive it should vote in-person at his or her polling location on Election Day. There, the voter will receive a provisional ballot, which will be processed and counted.

Marylanders should be aware that the outcomes of some contests may not be known  on Election Night. Properly submitted mail-in ballots can be accepted until July 29, and the counting of mail-in ballots will not begin until July 21 at 10 a.m. Local election officials will count ballots through July 29, and Mail-in ballot counting will continue for a number of days after Election Day.

Election officials will release unofficial election results from early voting soon after all polls close at 8 p.m. Unofficial results from Election Day will be released later in the evening as counting by local elections officials is completed.

The counting of provision ballots will take place on Wednesday, July 27.