Hartland Veteran ...

Pledging to bring more open communication between voters and the Livingston County Commission, a Hartland Navy veteran has declared his candidacy for a seat on the board.

Steven J. Savela is running in District 3, which covers all of Tyrone Township and all but the southwest corner of Hartland Township. A service advisor at Convenience Auto in Ann Arbor, Steve is married and lives in the village of Hartland.

“We love our community. There are so many good things going on with gracious and welcoming people. I’m proud to say I live here. But there are many issues that remain unaddressed by our current county commission. I want to take those issues on because we deserve better from our leadership,” he said.

Steve says one of his top priorities will be fixing the county’s infrastructure. Michigan’s rural roads are rated the 18th worst in the nation and its bridges are rated the 15th worst, according to the Detroit News. And in Livingston County, a 2016-2017 report from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments says 50.5 percent of the county’s major roads are in “poor” condition.

Steve says he also will attend board meetings faithfully, noting that the incumbent has a poor attendance record that means the district is unrepresented on important votes.

Steve promised to hold town hall meetings in four locations throughout the district twice a year to which all residents would be invited. He also promised to set up an open forum on social media, giving those who can’t make the meetings a voice, too. And he said he would publish a mailing address so that constituents could reach out to him directly with their concerns that he could follow up on.

Steve has lived in Livingston County for 15 years, has one grown daughter and two grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1982 and 1986, rising to the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer aboard the USS Independence and USS Forrestal. He saw action in Grenada, Beirut, the Persian Gulf and twice in Libya.

After his time in the service in attended Jones College in Jacksonville, Fla., majoring in business management with a minor in broadcasting, and later attended Jackson Community College for a tool and die apprenticeship.

For more information on Steve’s campaign, email him at or visit his Facebook page,

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