The following is a letter from the Summerville Board concerning redistricting:
November 26, 2021
Dear Commissioner Frantom,
Thank you for your service as the Chairman for the local, redistricting committee for Augusta-Richmond County.
We ask that you reconvene this committee to approve a map that is consistent with the will of the majority of the residents in our great city. This committee should strive to put and keep as many large neighborhoods as possible together. This allows proper representation of neighborhoods with like kind interest and needs. There is no reason that we should have to rely on the state or the courts to do this for us. The Summerville Neighborhood Association is afraid that personal political interest has gotten in the way of what is best for our citizens.
Because time is of the essence, we implore you to do this as soon as possible. If the committee is not reconvened in a timely manner, we will ask the communities that are mostly affected by this inaction of our elected officials to join us in filing a lawsuit in federal court to have our desires met in accordance with the law. The neighborhoods that will be asked to join in this effort include but are not limited to; Pepperidge, Woodlake, Fleming Heights (Alleluia), Valley Forge, Forest Hills, and Summerville. There was a large amount of input from the citizens affected by this decision, yet nothing was accomplished. This committee had the opportunity to act in favor of many constituents.
Our plea is that your committee listen to and represent the wishes of ALL of Augusta- Richmond County.
Maggie DeLoach, Board President Summerville Neighborhood Association
David Dunagan, Chairman of Redistricting Committee