Andrea Stone offers an alternative for citizens in State Senate District 47
After many votes by the incumbent that are out of touch with district voters, Andrea Stone announces her bid for the State Senate
Andrea Stone dreamed of running for office as a teenager. It was always on her bucket list. Those dreams took a back seat as Andrea volunteered at her kids' schools, coached many seasons of YMCA sports, and drove kids from place to place. Now that her children are older, Andrea has returned to her aspirations of running for office.
The voices of the citizens who are supposed to be represented are drowned out by promises of money and power. Andrea is an independent thinker who feels a call to serve and not a drive for power.
How did she decide to run?
Andrea became active as a Moms Demand Action volunteer after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She learned about the disappointing politics of the state, and worked to advocate for gun safety legislation. She realized many legislators never read the bills they vote on and instead take their cues from the lobbyists that woo them. The voices of the citizens who are supposed to be represented are drowned out by promises of money and power. Andrea is an independent thinker who feels a call to serve and not a drive for power. But Andrea wasn't sure she wanted to leave her private sector job and take a 50% salary cut to join the Oklahoma State Senate. She wasn't sure she wanted to enter the political arena full-time. Then a few days before Christmas, Andrea watched in horror as people, her friends and neighbors, streamed out of Penn Square Mall in fear of a mass shooting. We know now it wasn't a mass shooting, but in that moment, Andrea knew that it was time for her to stand up to the gun lobby in Oklahoma that writes the bills our legislators just rubber stamp. It was time to stand up for gun safety and for responsible gun ownership. It was time to offer citizens a choice to elect a person who with a variety of experiences outside politics. It was time to run for office.