Bringing More Voices to the Table

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

-Mahatma Gandhi

As a teacher, I have long been an advocate for my students, public education, my colleagues, and my community.  I have spoken up, taken a stand, written letters, made calls, and rallied when bad policy and budget cuts threaten.  Soon I realized these steps would only be the beginning of what is necessary to effect change.  Educational policy is being passed by our state legislature in Lansing with little consideration for educational professionals, best practices, or funding necessary to implement policies.  I have 14 distinguished years of experience teaching that I can draw on for shaping policies. Education has challenged me to utilize and develop my talents for organization, management, resourcefulness, and leadership. 

A lifelong resident, I grew up in Warren.  I graduated from Fitzgerald Public Schools as well as the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center.  I live and work in our community.  I am well acquainted with the needs of our community.  My campaign for State Representative is about bringing voices of our community to developing legislation.  


Lori Stone

Candidate Profile

MIRS Capitol Capsule, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

It Warmed Her Heart When Students Reminded Her Of Government Lesson

It Warmed Her Heart When Students Reminded Her Of Government Lesson

Lori STONE, a fourth-grade teacher at Mound Park Elementary in Warren's Fitzgerald Public Schools, faced a lot of questions from her 9-and 10-year-old students following the presidential election of 2016.

She had a diverse classroom, some of which had immigrant status, she explained. Should we move to Canada? Are they going to kick us out? Can my family go back to Mexico? We don't know if they'll let us back in. These were some of the questions and concerns she heard. 

"It was really a student in my class that reframed it for me," Stone told MIRS. "Because we had been working on our government unit and she said, 'Miss Stone, you taught us he can't just do whatever he wants. He has to work with the other branches, judicial and the legislative.' 

"It warms your heart that they were paying attention and made sense of it." 

That, in part, is what motivated her to run for the 28th State House District as a Democrat: to advocate for those students. 

Stone bumped off Rep. Patrick GREEN (D-Warren) in the Democratic primary even though he's the incumbent and outspent her more than 12-to-1 for the contest. She'd run once before against Green back in 2016, and he'd bested her back then. 

"From my first run I learned a lot, learned how to better organize. And I also participated in several candidate trainings. One was through Michigan State University, the Michigan Political Leadership Program in 2017. I was looking for a way to grow as a candidate and be better prepared when I decided to run again. The other one was the Emerge Women's Boot Camp for Michigan in April," she said. 

"I knew being an underdog and having limited finances that I would have to make every dollar count. So, by paying attention to what was going to get me the most bang for my buck, I really focused my efforts on door knocking and outreach." 

She estimates she knocked on 3,000 doors, two hours each evening on school days and four hours per day on weekends and during summer vacation. 

"And I started back in March. It was still snowing and cold out," she said. 

Her public school teaching experience was her primary motivation for running. 

"I've been frustrated by policies that have been made in Lansing, budgets, cuts to resources. And I believe that every child should have access to a high-quality public education and the opportunities to be successful," Stone said. 

She said she wants to make sure every child has an early childhood education, including preschool, pre-kindergarten or HeadStart. 

At the other end, graduates should not be burdened with a lot of debt, she said. They should have options to take vocational training, but if they go on to college, it should be affordable. 

And K-12 education should put more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

"I read an article not too long ago that computer programming and HTML is the alphabet for this generation in kindergarten," said Stone, which drove home the need to expose her students to these opportunities. 

Those are not her only issues. Knocking on doors, she heard from many voters their issues and concerns. Two issues that came up frequently were affordable auto insurance rates and repairing the infrastructure. 

"I tell them, 'This is a job interview,'" Stone said, explaining what she says when she's standing on someone's doorstep. "I want you to hire me as (your) state representative. And I think they start reframing it like, 'OK, you work for me.' As your representative, I want to be approachable and bring me the issues and I will do my best to work for them." 

On her personal time, Stone is an avid reader of historical fiction. 

"I binge watch some good streaming. And if I've worked really hard, I like to treat myself to a spa, either a pedicure or a massage," she said. 

It's a good bet you'll see her next year on the House floor. She has Republican opposition in the general, Aaron DELIKTA, as well as a Libertarian opponent, Ryan MANIER. 

But the district is 60 to 70 percent Democratic, Stone said, and she intends to continue knocking on doors right through to the general. 

"Considering I was an underdog and an upset, I will never take for granted a race," Stone said. "I'll continue to work, but I am feeling pretty confident looking ahead." 

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Paid for by the Committee to Elect Lori Stone, PO BOX 1435, Warren, MI 48090

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