The Ingham County Board of Commissioners only has 3 possible female Democratic nominees, out of 14 possible seats — and only ONE is running unopposed and thus sure to secure her nomination.
District 1: nominee will be a man, Celentino (unopposed)
District 2: nominee will be a man, Sebolt (unopposed)
District 3: nominee will be a man, either Sorg or Slaughter
District 4: nominee will be a man, Crenshaw (unopposed)
District 5: nominee will be a man, either LaMarche or Tennis
District 6: nominee will be a man, Currin (unopposed)
District 7: nominee will be a man, Trubac or Dragonetti
District 8: nominee will be a man, Grebner (unopposed)
District 9: nominee will be a woman, Koenig (unopposed)
District 10: nominee will be a man, either Morgan, Louney or Pena
District 11: my race, could be a man or woman
District 12: could be a man or woman, Polsdofer (m), Mansour (f), Burghardt (f) or Hamel (f)
District 13: no Democrat running
District 14: no Democrat running
You shouldn’t vote for a woman just because she is a woman, and a lot of these guys are awesome (including Mark Polsdofer). But perspective and representation matter, and only 1 Democratic woman out of 14 County Commissioners is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
I believe that, in a case of two strong candidates running for the same seat, we need more women representing our community. I hope District 11 voters will consider that when they head to the polls on August 7!