Emily’s HOMTV Candidate Statement


HOMTV’s Ballot Meridian 2018 gave me an opportunity to deliver a two-minute, televised candidate statement summarizing why voters should choose me. I presented three big policy ideas: fixing our roads, using our trails and parks millage wisely, and investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. I also summarized my experience, with a 15-year nonprofit career lifting up the less-advantaged, and personal experience caring for an ill family member and helping families keep their homes during the Great Recession.

Ideas, energy and experience are what my campaign is all about.


The Bone Fleck & the Butcher’s Union

Angeline Passavant Nagy worked as a butcher at a grocery market in downtown Elyria, Ohio, back in the 1950s. She was my grandmother.

Angie didn’t have a high school diploma, but she supported her family. They lived in a large house with several renting tenants who sometimes paid rent, and sometimes didn’t, though Angie managed the apartments and cooked and cleaned for them either way. Although not poor, the Nagy family often had a hard time making ends meet. Kids at school teased my mother because her clothes were home-made, and if she got just one gift for Christmas, it was a good year.

The butcher job at the market was a great opportunity; Angie was an excellent cook and certainly knew how to prepare meat. But as the only woman on a team of butchers, she had to work hard to prove herself. When they asked her to join the Butcher’s Union, it seemed like a rite of passage to help her fit in with the guys, so she agreed without much thought.

But it would be that Union would later save her job — and her eyesight.

One day, while Angie was chopping meat, she hit a bone with her cleaver at just the wrong angle and a tiny bone fleck — smaller than a grain of rice — flew up and hit her directly in her eye. She tried to brush it out and finish her work, but the tiny fragment had gone in deep, and the pain was severe.

The next day, the injured eye swelled up “like a golf ball,” my mother recalled, and there was no way Angie could go to work. She could barely see. Eventually, she went to the local emergency room, and they removed the bone chip in a painful operation. But Angie’s vision didn’t recover, even days later. She struggled with normal household tasks, and certainly couldn’t see well enough to return to butchering or waiting on customers.

Eventually, Angie got a call from her boss, who threatened to fire her if she didn’t come back to work immediately. Her eye kept getting worse, and faced with losing her job and her vision, she despaired. What would become of her family if she couldn’t work?

But then Angie got another call. It was her Union representative, Charlie. She explained the situation, and he said, “don’t worry, we’ll take care of this.”

She didn’t believe him.

But Charlie had the power of the Union to protect and take care of Angie. He informed her boss that if she fired Angie for an on-the-job accident, the rest of the butchers on her staff would strike, and no other Union butchers would work for her. Since all the butchers in the area were in the Union, the threat carried weight. She would have to close her meat department, and it could be the end of her grocery business. So the boss grudgingly agreed to let the other butchers cover Angie’s hours until she recovered.

And Charlie didn’t stop there. He found an eye specialist and made an appointment for Angie the next day, and the Union not only paid for it, but also sent someone to pick Angie up and drive her there and back home later. The doctor was able to treat Angie’s eye properly, and after a good week of healing and recovery, she returned to her job.

Even after Grandma retired from the market, the Butcher’s Union still checked in with her every so often. Because caring about and looking out for people is what Unions do — and why I am committed to supporting and employing Union labor as an Ingham County Commissioner.


1 in 14

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.

Full August 2018 candidate list

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!


Emily’s HOMTV Candidate Interview

Emily Stivers, candidate for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners for District 11, sits down for HOMTV’s “Ballot Meridian 2018” with Kayleigh Garrison to talk about roads, education, energy, and plans to address other challenges facing Ingham County. Emily shows she has the energy, ideas and experience to build a better Ingham County for generations to come.


LAHR-PAC Rating: “Positive”

Emily marched in the 2018 Lansing Pride Parade, along with Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie and State Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr.

I’m honored to have received a rating of “positive” from the Lansing Association on Human Rights (LAHR) PAC, an organization that pursues justice and equality for LGBTQIA peoples through community-led advocacy, connection and education.

As a bisexual woman, my lifelong conviction is that we must fight for equal rights and protections at ALL levels of government. We can’t wait for the state to take action. We must stand up for and protect our vulnerable neighbors at any and every opportunity.

If elected, I will be the first openly bisexual woman to serve on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. And as County Commissioner, I will make sure the County only contracts with companies that include LGBTQIA protections on their equal opportunity employment policies. I also have a plan to create a transgender bathroom policy for all our County facilities, so County employees — particularly at our public parks — are equipped with the training and policies they need to defend the rights of everyone to use the bathroom of their choice.

Change doesn’t start with the state. It starts with all of us. Thank you, LAHR-PAC, for your positive rating.