We ran a positive campaign focused on solutions and representation, and it resonated with Meridian Township voters. The final tally had me at just over 70% of the total vote. I want to thank the voters for putting their faith in me; I will endeavor to represent you well should I be elected County Commissioner in November.
Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way, especially Julie Brixie, Dan Opsommer, Ron Styka, Kathy Sundland, Ryan Sebolt, the guys at IBEW local 665, Carl Seabold, John Lawson, Zack Langway and Matt Langway, and everyone who donated and showed up. Thanks to all my support networks, including Vote Run Lead Alums. Thanks to my amazing extended family; so many cousins and aunts and uncles chipped in from afar and I am so grateful for your support. Thanks to my parents and brothers for their faith, support and love. Thanks especially to my husband Jason Hamblen for stepping up to fill the gaps at home and raise our beautiful son while I was out campaigning. And finally, thanks to my opponent, Mr. Scales, for running a strong campaign and keeping me on my toes.
Onward to November!
Thanks to the Lansing Herald for this glowing endorsement and recognition of my efforts! I am humbled and honored by this amazing compliment:
Throughout the summer primary campaign we witnessed Emily continually grow in comfort as a leader in Meridian Township. We came to recognize the need and ultimately accepted her position as a strong leader in our community.
She is ingrained in the grass roots of Meridian Township and facilitated true and honest community discussions about the growth and direction of the people around her. Her concern for the people is not rhetoric or slogan – but an earnest and honest promise for their betterment and well-being.
I was honored to have the opportunity to present my plans for roads, energy, downtown development and more at the HOMTV Ballot Meridian 2018 11th District Ingham County Commissioner Democratic Debate. Thanks to moderator Mike Scott and the HOMTV team who did such a wonderful and professional job making this happen — and also to my husband, Jason, who did a wonderful job taking care of our son while “mommy” was on TV.
Thanks to the hardworking members of IBEW Local 665 for their endorsement:
“IBEW 665 enthusiastically endorses Emily Stivers for Ingham County Commissioner, District 11. Emily impressed us with her depth of knowledge about and detailed solutions to the county’s challenges, especially how to get our roads fixed and improve energy efficiency in county buildings. She is deeply committed to Union labor, and her background in communications will help improve the county’s transparency and accountability. We need her energy, ideas and experience on the County Board of Commissioners, and we hope you will join IBEW 665 in supporting Emily Stivers on August 7.”
– Aaron Pangborn, Assistant Business Manager, IBEW 665
I’m proud to announce the endorsement of current County Commissioner and LGBTQIA rights leader Ryan Sebolt. Ryan says:
“I’m endorsing Emily Stivers for Ingham County Commissioner based on her experience and values. As a Meridian Township Planning Commissioner, she’s familiar with the rules and procedures that County operates under, which will help make her ready to serve on day one. Her public policy credentials are impressive, with a master’s degree from one of the top schools in the country and a 15-year career fighting for the least-advantaged. Emily will also provide a unique voice as a bisexual woman that will offer a new perspective in our policy discussions. I look forward to being able to work collaboratively with her to advance our shared values, particularly on her ideas for protecting LGBTQIA people at every level of government.”
Thank you, Ryan! With Schuette’s recent declaration that sexuality is not protected from discrimination at the state level, it’s more important than ever that our local elected leaders are prepared to do everything they can to protect LGBTQIA people. I’m absolutely ready to do that as County Commissioner.