Democrat Lori Stone campaigned at Crothers Elementary School in Warren Nov. 6 ahead of her election to a seat representing the 28th District in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Democrat Lori Stone campaigned at Crothers Elementary School in Warren Nov. 6 ahead of her election to a seat representing the 28th District in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Photos by Brian Louwers


Stone wins bid for 28th state House seat

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 6, 2018

WARREN/CENTER LINE — Lori Stone planned to spend the morning after the Nov. 6 election visiting with some of her soon-to-be constituents: her fourth grade class at Mound Park Elementary.

With 27 of 33 precincts reporting by 11:22 p.m. on election night, Stone, of Warren, a Democrat and a career educator, had garnered almost 63 percent of the vote in the race for a two-year term representing the 28th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, besting Republican Aaron Delikta (34.5 percent) and Libertarian Ryan Manier (2.6 percent).

“I’m excited about what I’m going to do next. I’m looking forward to working in the Legislature to help improve educational policy,” Stone said. “(Tomorrow) I’m back in the classroom with my students. We’ll discuss how this election will impact their year, but they’ve been excited and supportive, so I’ll also be celebrating with them.”

Reached for comment late Nov. 6, Delikta thanked his supporters and wished Stone the best.

“No matter what, I think that with me running for my first time, spending less than $1,000 on the campaign and having such wonderful support from so many close people from my hometown, it really meant a lot to me,” Delikta said. “No matter what, I’m not going to give up hope for running in the future. Great job to Lori Stone. Good luck in office. I hope you do great, no matter what.”

The 28th District seat became effectively open when Stone defeated incumbent Democrat Pat Green in the August primary. She previously ran for an open seat against Green in 2016 and lost.

Stone holds bachelor’s degrees in political theory and elementary education, and a master’s degree in science education from Michigan State University. Prior to the election, she said her goals included creating policies that prepare students for the future and address the quality of public education, bolstering the middle class, improving infrastructure and addressing the costs of auto insurance.

In an October interview, Stone told the Warren Weekly she became interested in politics at an early age. Now, she’ll get to share her journey to Lansing with a group of 9 and 10 year olds in her class.

“It’s phenomenal,” Stone said. “Their vote affects change, and I hope to inspire them to use it the rest of their life.”