September 10, 2008 Edition

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Stone attends Democratic
National Convention

Craig Stone of Walnut Ridge (second from left) served as one of two pages in the Arkansas Delegation to the Democratic National Convention. With him are (from left): Maggie Hobbs of Little Rock, the other page; incoming Arkansas Speaker of the House Robbie Wills of Conway and Robin Carroll of El Dorado, prosecuting attorney for the 13th Judicial District.
Gretchen Hunt

Craig Stone of Walnut Ridge experienced what most can only watch on television when he served as a page with the Arkansas delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Denver Aug. 25-28.

Stone said two pages were selected, one male and one female, to attend and assist the delegation. While serving as a page did not give Stone a vote, it did give him full access to the convention hall.

"We had credentials that allowed us to go anywhere during the whole convention," he said.

Stone said his responsibilities included running errands for Gov. Mike Beebe and Sen. Mark Pryor, as well as entering in the Arkansas votes.

He said he also was able to sit in on several meetings.

Each day began with breakfast with the Arkansas delegation, during which they would hear from a speaker. Caucus meetings would be held at the convention hall from noon to around 3:30 or 4, after which the convention would begin.

In addition to attending Monday through Wednesday's event at the Pepsi Center, Stone was also among the 84,000 people at Mile High Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 28, for presidential nominee Barack Obama's speech.

"It was a lot of fun and it was a great experience," Stone said of serving as part of the Arkansas delegation.

This is the second time in a row for Lawrence County to be represented at the Democratic National Convention. Four years ago Mary Freeman of Powhatan served as a voting delegate.

Stone was appointed as a page in the spring by the late Bill Gwatney, who was chair of the Arkansas Democratic Party.

An active part of Young Democrats, Stone is president of the Lawrence County chapter and has served as vice president of the Young Democrats of Arkansas. He is currently an executive officer for the Arkansas group.

He is also a member of the Lawrence County Democratic Central Committee and is justice of the peace for District 9 in Lawrence County.

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