The November elections this year in Wayne County created some major shakeups in many races and one made history.
The first female commissioner was elected beating long-time incumbent Wendell Kay by a very slim margin.
She’s only a couple weeks away from being sworn into the position and she’s ready for the challenge ahead.
It’s still surreal for Jocelyn Cramer
“I’m just really excited. I am really excited to get started at this point. “
Cramer was elected Wayne County newest commissioner. Beating incumbent Wendell Kay by just ten votes.
“That really hasn’t sunk in yet, but I can’t wait. “
With her narrow victory, Cramer’s making history as the county’s first female commissioner.
“It’s very exciting, it’s very humbling, it is cool. “
Cramer appreciates all her supporters for helping her capture this milestone.
“I’m really grateful to my supporters who backed me for that reason along with the others who thought I was a very good fit. “
But she points out in the last couple years, females statewide are more common in the commissioner role.
“I learned that the females as commissioners has went from 17 percent to 27 percent so it feels a little bit more balanced. “
Cramer credits all the current commissioners for helping her along the way.
“I am really grateful to all the commissioners, all three of them, they have helped me so much at my previous position before even starting this campaign. “
And though she’s got a few weeks until its official, commissioner elect Cramer’s excited to bring some fresh ideas to the table.
“I do love construction, retro fits, sustainable energy and that’s something I have a passion for and I think will help serve some of our facilities. “
A Democrat, Cramer will join incumbent Republicans Brian Smith and Joseph Adams when she is officially sworn in on January 6th.