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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.

For My Father

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Rick Stivers, who received his heart transplant in 2006 and is now in the top 10% of heart transplant successes based on the number of years he has survived.

Dad, I’ll never regret the sacrifices I made to care for you full-time when you were ill and needed me. I’m grateful every day that, in the years since your transplant, you’ve gotten to see me get my master’s degree in Public Policy from one of the top schools in the nation…got to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day…and not only got to meet your grandson, but have gotten to take him for many glorious tractor rides.

I love you, Dad. And in your honor, I’m encouraging everyone to sign up to be an organ donor through Gift of Life Michigan:


Your Daughter,

Stivers Joins American Legion Auxiliary

This Memorial Day, my husband, son and I honored our fallen soldiers and our country by attending a moving ceremony at American Legion Post 269 and AJ’s future school, Vera Ralya Elementary, in our Haslett community.

And what better way to show my respect for our troops — including my dad, a Vietnam War Veteran — than by joining the American Legion Auxiliary! I’m honored to now be a member.

After the service, AJ, Jason and I enjoyed a wonderful barbecue lunch. AJ loved his handmade red poppy flower, and I look forward to teaching him more about this important holiday when he’s old enough to understand. Thanks to the American Legion for putting on a great event for a great cause.