Residents are best represented by people who live in their county, people told the state senators who will be redrawing South Carolina's political boundaries.
Residents of Union County, which is currently split into three state Senate districts, would like to be in one district.
Residents of Lancaster County, which is split into two Senate districts, want at least one Senate district to be mostly local.
Residents of York County want two Senate districts. The county is currently split into two districts, with Republican Sen. Wes Hayes living in Rock Hill.
Drawing a map to meet all those needs is almost next to impossible, said Sen. Glenn McConnell, chairman of the Senate's redistricting subcommittee and the president pro tem of the Senate.
It is too early, however, to tell just how the maps are changing. Wednesday's meeting at York Technical College by the Senate subcommittee was to set the criteria for how lines will be drawn. About 50 people attended.
But with York County's population growing by 37 percent, according to the 2010 Census, there will be changes in the legislative boundaries, said McConnell and Hayes.
Hayes' district is about 25,000 people over the optimal Senate district size of 100,522 people. The 16th District, which was represented by Mick Mulvaney before his election to Congress, is also about 25,000 over the ideal size.
York's growth may not, however, mean a new district for the county, said Hayes, who attended Wednesday's hearing but is not on the subcommittee. It is more likely that one of the neighboring districts, such as Creighton Coleman's 17th District, which is mostly Chester and Fairfield counties, will increase its York presence.
Senators wants to know how much importance they should place on "communities of interest," areas that are bound by either political lines or common interests.
"The criteria for the lines is the building blocks of the plan," McConnell said.
York County, with about 226,000 residents, "should have two resident senators," said resident Don Long.
Residents of Tega Cay and Fort Mill continued their quest to have both communities in the same district. The Catawba River and Lake Wylie should be used as boundaries for the Senate districts, they said.
Terence Murchinson asked the senators to draw a district in York County where there would be the likelihood of a minority being elected. "If you don't bring it up now, when will change come?" Murchinson said.