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Corey Murray @cmurrayHDN

By Corey Murray [email protected]

HILLSDALE COUNTY – As District Judge Sara S. Lisznyai awaits her move to the court bench on Jan. 1, two local lawyers are actively campaigning to garner the support of undecided voters who will ultimately decide who will wear the black robe and the district oversees court.

In a three-way race on August 4th for the non-partisan position, Kimm Burger was able to narrowly clear away with only 31 percent of the votes from Megan Stiverson and Brendan Sanger.

Stiverson received 37.4 percent of the primary vote while Sanger received 31.6 percent of the vote, paving the way for the November 3 general election.

Since then, Sanger, who was early sponsored by Michigan Right to Life, and Stiverson have worked hard to get additional votes to win the general election.

Stiverson has managed to garner endorsements from several prominent lawyers across the county, including seated probate judge Michelle Bianchi, district judge (retired) Donald Sanderson, and probate judge (retired) Michael Nye.

Stiverson currently serves as the juvenile court administrator and arbitrator in the Hillsdale County Probate Court Family Court and was appointed to the position in 2017.

She previously served as Assistant Attorney General, where she handled the abuse / neglect protocol for Hillsdale County Attorney Neal Brady from 2006 to 2017.

Sanger has had a private practice in Litchfield for two decades, licensed in Michigan and in the U.S. District Federal Court, serving civil, criminal and all intervening matters.

Sanger is also a member of Litchfield City's Tax Increment Finance Authority and corporate officer of the Persecution Project Foundation, which has provided relief to those persecuted in South Sudan.