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Cambensy to lead chemistry council





Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — Former state Rep. Sara Cambensy announced she has been named executive director of the Lansing-based Michigan Chemistry Council.

Cambensy, a Democrat, represented the 109th District of the Michigan House of representatives from 2017 to 2022. She was succeeded by Jenn Hill, D-Marquette, a former member of the Marquette City Commission. Cambensy also served on the Marquette City Commission prior to being elected to the Michigan House.

She also served on the Marquette Planning Commission and was director of adult and continuing education for Marquette Area Public Schools.

Cambensy announced the new position while speaking remotely to the Marquette Township Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

Cambensy said she will split her time between Marquette and Lansing.

She also complemented the board on its efforts.

“You’re really having to deal with the issues that make or break your community,” Cambensy said.

She acknowledged that their positions can be “thankless jobs.”

“You put Marquette Township on the map as a place to be, as a place to live, and you’re doing great things,” Cambensy said.

However, she urged the board to keep in touch with Hill and ask questions.

“The more you’re involved, the more you let her know what’s important, things you like and don’t like, that’s how she’s going to be successful in making sure that she gets the work done that you need to be done.

“Continue to be great advocates.”

MCC said in a news release, “Sara’s hiring is the first step in the plan established by the MCC’s Board of Directors to strengthen the organization, grow our influence and increase our ability to impact chemistry issues.”

MCC indicated that it has completed an affiliation with the Michigan Manufacturers Association, but will remain an independent organization with an autonomous chemistry policy agenda.

MCC said Cambensy will work closely with its board and committee leaders in the coming weeks.

“Sara was a recognized legislative leader with a record of working across the aisle to advance good policy and represent her constituents,” it said.

Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is

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