Stivers Victorious

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!


HOMTV Ballot Meridian 2018 Debate

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.


County Commissioner Sebolt Endorsement

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.


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.