Tens of thousands of Coastal Virginians recently moved to a new district. Or rather, the new district moved to them. When Virginia’s General Assembly redrew the commonwealth’s congressional map in 2012, there was some creative cartography involved, a three-judge panel ruled earlier this year. Specifically, the 3rd District, long held by Congressman Bobby Scott, was gerrymandered, including select portions of cities and counties from Norfolk to Richmond. The judges ordered the map to change, and now many local voters are in a new district, meaning their ballot this November won’t include incumbents they’re used to seeing.
Here are Coastal Virginia’s new congressional districts and the candidates on each ballot. Voters can visit House.gov to find out exactly which district is theirs.
1st District—Rob Wittman (R); Matt Rowe (D); Glenda Gail Parker (I)
The 1st District used to include parts of James City and York County, although those localities have changed, and the only portions of Coastal Virginia now included in the redrawn district are the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.
2nd District—Scott Taylor (R); Shaun Brown (D)
While much of the 2nd District remains the same for residents of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore, a new addition is much of the northern edge of the Peninsula that was formerly parts of other districts.
3rd District—Marty Williams (R); Bobby Scott (D)
One of the districts that was seen as classic gerrymandering before redrawing, the 3rd District is now a relatively tight cluster of cities and counties on the Peninsula and Southside.
4th District—Mike Wade (R); Donald McEachin (D)
While much of the western portion of this district remains intact, the biggest change is for residents of the northern parts of Isle of Wight, Suffolk and Chesapeake, who are no longer constituents here.