Progressive Ideals. Real Solutions.
As a mom, Emily Stivers supports smart investments in the trails and parks our families enjoy. That means more amenities and better access, as well as combatting invasive species and making sure residents can swim safely in our beautiful lakes. Emily is a leader on the Ingham County Parks and Recreation Commission, evaluating projects and helping secure millions of dollars in matching grant funding to make our county millage a success.
Emily also signed the Sunshine Pledge to never accept campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. And she is committed to making Michigan the leader of the EV revolution, bringing good jobs and innovative, green technology to our state.
Parents can’t work if children aren’t learning. Emily Stivers served in the education field for six years, building middle and high school curriculum and helping schools implement it. She strongly support policies empowering children, parents, and teachers, including universal preschool, after-school care, parent-teacher relationship building, special needs accommodation, and mental health care access.
Working with local school boards, Emily is developing new ideas for teacher recruitment and retention. All our high-quality educators absolutely deserve competitive wages, benefits and respect.
American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure funding have made once-in-a-generation investments in Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges possible. As chair of Ingham County Services, Emily Stivers helped make our region the leader in the state for spending our American Rescue Plan funds effectively, efficiently and equitably. She is dedicated to making sure every infrastructure dollar Michigan receives is spent wisely on our most critical road and bridge improvements, as well as flood reduction efforts, septic system cleanup help for homeowners, and reaching every door in Michigan with fast, reliable, affordable internet.
Mental Health Care for All
Our kids are not okay. And, frankly, a lot of adults need more support, too. Our public mental health system is hemorrhaging workers, and we need major reform and significant funding for the system to support overwhelmed social workers, psychologists, paraprofessionals and others in the mental health field.
As a Board Member at CMHA-CEI, Emily Stivers is working on real solutions including preventive interventions in schools and youth centers, a Mobile Crisis Unit, and progressive raises and recruitment and retention bonuses to encourage more workers to enter the mental health care field – and stay in it.
Equity & Inclusion
Representation matters. As the first openly bisexual woman on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, Emily Stivers has championed gender-neutral restrooms on County property and employment protections not just for County workers, but for any vendors doing business with the County.
Black Lives Matter. Emily Stivers supports smart criminal justice reform including eliminating cash bail and decriminalizing substance abuse, and partnerships between health professionals and police departments – so that non-violent offenders aren't met with armed police officers, and substance abusers go to rehab instead of prison.
Emily Stivers introduced the resolution establishing a $15/hour minimum wage for County employees in 2021, and has supported Unions in all negotiations. She drives an American Electric Vehicle and stood with striking UAW workers despite having a six-month-old baby in tow. She stands with the United Six. And she helped pass Prevailing Wage requirements for all Ingham County contracts before Governor Whitmer made it law at the state level.
Emily's late grandmother, Angeline Passavant Nagy, was a member of the Butcher's Union, and they saved Angie's vision and job after an on-the-job accident threatened to render her blind.
That's why Emily Stivers is a firm supporter of Unions, and as a state representative, she will continue to be a champion for workers' rights.