Former political activist stays tuned to presidential hopefuls

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 9, 2008


The Rev. Dr. Ron Stone, pastor of Selma&8217;s First Presbyterian Church, is a former political activist who remains uninvolved, but informed and still keenly interested, especially in the recent Iowa caucus.

Stone was politically active in many campaigns when he was in his teens, early 20s and early 30s, serving as a page at Arkansas&8217; capitol and also as a delegate to local congressional and state conventions in Arkansas and Mississippi.

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After talking about his own dabbling in politics, Stone spoke of the occasions when he met both Iowa winners. &8220;First, I met Mike Huckabee when he was lieutenant governor of Arkansas. I met Huckabee a second time when he came to town for a barbecue. He and I conversed awhile about his pastorate at Southside Baptist Church in my hometown of Pine Bluff. We knew a number of the same people. We hit it off and I liked him.

Stone met presidential candidate

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. when

he came to Selma last March during the Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.