BY BTL STAFF
LANSING – Emily Dievendorf, former executive director of Equality Michigan, is running in the 2015 elections for Lansing City Council and will host an upcoming fundraiser July 13 to speak with supporters and talk about issues facing Lansing residents.
Once elected, Dievendorf will focus on maintaining the heritage of Lansing neighborhoods while enhancing and improving the atmospheres of individual communities, prioritizing public safety in the city budget and working with law enforcement agencies to foster new partnerships between police and neighborhood associations. A partnership between the Lansing City Council and the business community will assist jobless residents.
She received her degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University in Social Relations and has since devoted her time towards improving many social causes including LGBT equality, race relations, women’s rights and public health. She has worked for the Michigan House of Representatives drafting policies to create laws focused on helping those in need, served as executive director of Equality Michigan and currently serves the Lansing Area AIDS Network Board, the Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth Coalition and is on the Advisory Board of Eastern Michigan University’s Equality Research Center.
The fundraiser is hosted by Ken Ross, Brian Huggler, Brian Shedd, Thaddeus Owen, Jim McClurken, Sergei Kvitko, Mark Lee and Brandon Turcott and will be held at 5 p.m. on July 13 at The Harper House, 1408 Cambridge Road, Lansing.
Tickets are $50. Silver sponsorship goes to those donating $100, gold sponsors at $250 and $500 for host sponsors.