Ingham County, MI — Emily Stivers today announced her 2018 candidacy for Ingham County Commissioner for District 11, which includes portions of East Lansing, Okemos and Haslett, all in Meridian Township. Stivers, 36, is a Public Policy professional and mother with 15 years of experience in the public sector.
“I first began to seriously consider running last summer, when the County filled the potholes on Haslett Road,” Emily Stivers explained. “At first, I was relieved to see the holes finally fixed. But then I realized the asphalt filler — known as hot patches — made bumps, almost as bad as the potholes. And a few months later, we have new potholes.”
“I am running for Ingham County Commissioner because I want real, long-term and permanent solutions for our roads and other problems facing our community,” Emily Stivers continued. “Not just hot patches.”
Emily Stivers has had a steadfast and lifelong commitment to public service. She earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan’s Ford School, and completed her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University’s James Madison College. Her professional experience includes positions at ONE, the United Nations Foundation, and EduGuide, a Lansing-based organization helping students develop the social and emotional skills needed for long-term success in college and careers. Stivers has also volunteered as a debate coach for Okemos Public Schools, and currently serves as Vice Chair on the Meridian Township Zoning Board of Appeals.
“In addition to getting our roads fixed, my priorities include smart investments in renewable energy, protections for LGBTQ+ people, and improving our county school for disadvantaged students,” Emily Stivers said. “And I have great ideas about how to advance these goals responsibly, given the County’s limited budget.”
“But more important than my own policy concerns,” Emily Stivers continued, “I want to be a commissioner who advocates for the people of my district. Government works best when it reflects the values and concerns of those it serves. Over the coming months, I look forward to meeting more residents of District 11 to hear how the Ingham County Board of Commissioners can better serve the people, families and businesses of this community.”
Asked to elaborate on the kind of commissioner she would be, Emily Stivers concluded: “I’m not going to be a commissioner who merely shows up and votes; I’ll be constantly looking for new, innovative and long-term ways to advance my district’s values.”
The primary for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners race will be on August 7, 2018, with general election to follow in November. For more information and to follow her campaign, visit EmilyStivers.com and follow @EmilyKStivers on Facebook and @estivers on Twitter.