Challenger Stone upsets Green in state House primary

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 8, 2018



WARREN — The second time was the charm for state House District 28 candidate Lori Stone.

A teacher at Mound Park Elementary School in Warren’s Fitzgerald Public Schools, Stone defeated incumbent state Rep. Patrick Green in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary election by 475 votes — a margin of 52.7 percent to 47.3 percent. The upset of an incumbent legislator with significant local name recognition and political ties now sets up a November election matchup between two relative newcomers: Stone and Republican Aaron Delikta, who went through the Republican primary unopposed.

Stone unsuccessfully ran for the same seat in 2016.

She spent the morning on election day campaigning outside her home precinct at Crothers Elementary School, on Campbell Avenue north of 11 Mile Road. As she greeted voters heading in to cast ballots, she said she knocked on about 3,000 doors in the district that spans Center Line and part of Warren, where she met about 4,000 residents.

“I felt it was very much a grassroots campaign. I reached out to family, friends, co-workers community members, neighbors, and whether it was campaign contributions or putting out signs and volunteering, I had a lot of support from my community,” Stone said. “That’s what made me hopeful that I could take what I’d done in 2016 and build on it enough to take over 50 percent (of the vote).”

Stone, who has served for the last year as a trustee with the Warren Area Democratic Club, said she gathered with supporters watching the returns come in at about 11:30 p.m. when she got a call from a Lansing-based news service.

“They had reported back about 83 percent (of the vote) with a 10 percent margin between us. That was looking definitive,” Stone said.

The morning after the election, the fourth-grade teacher was back in the classroom to teach the final week of summer school.

“That normal routine kind of helped, and the processing of the whole thing,” Stone said. “Over the next couple of days, I’m going to redraft my campaign plans for the general election.”

Green was elected three times to the Warren City Council before he won an open seat in the Michigan Legislature in 2016.

The seat had been vacated by former Democratic state Rep. Derek Miller, who was appointed Macomb County’s treasurer earlier that year after the death of Ted Wahby. Miller ultimately lost the job to challenger Larry Rocca in the November 2016 election.

Green issued a statement the morning after the election.

“I would like to congratulate Ms. Stone on running a successful campaign and wish her the best in the November general election. I would also like to thank everyone for their support in this election and others,” Green said. “Finally, I’d like to thank the residents of the 28th House District for the honor of representing them.”

The final unofficial results showed Stone with 4,585 votes to Green’s 4,110.