Charlie Stone (politician)
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
November 20, 2012
|Preceded by||Keith Perry|
January 12, 1948 |
|Children||2 grown children|
|Alma mater||Cook High School|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Charlie Stone (born January 12, 1948) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 22nd District, which includes Levy County and southwestern Marion County, since 2012.
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Stone was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, and graduated from Cook High School in Adel, Georgia. He did not attend college, instead moving to Marion County, where he started Stone Petroleum Products, a wholesale distributor of petroleum products in Ocala. In 2004, Stone ran for a position on the Marion County Commission from District 5, and he was elected with 55% of the vote over Democratic nominee Mike Sizemore. He was re-elected unopposed in 2008, and served as the Chairman of the Commission during his final term.
Florida House of Representatives
In 2012, following the reconfiguration of the Florida House of Representatives districts, Stone opted to run in the newly created 22nd District. Though he had already decided not to seek a third term on the County Commission and imagined that he would retire from politics altogether, the fact that the newly created district was a natural fit for him prompted him to run for the legislature, noting, "I anticipated riding off into the sunset and doing whatever in the community I was going to do," but that the new district was "my backyard." Stone won the nomination of the Republican Party uncontested, and had no opponent in the general election either, and was thus elected to his first term in the House unopposed. In 2014, Stone was re-elected to his second term in the legislature without opposition.
While in the legislature, Stone joined with State Senator Dorothy Hukill to sponsor legislation that would authorize a "tax break for indoor agriculture" and "incorporate 'indoor agricultural enterprises' into the list of industries that are identified by Enterprise Florida as 'high impact.'"
- Thompson, Bill (January 12, 2012). "Charlie Stone running for state House". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
- Thompson, Bill (February 24, 2013). "State lawmakers propose bill to help indoor agriculture". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved May 3, 2014.