“I’m certainly an outsider and I think that that’s an important voice to bring in representing the people and the environment. Because it’s been such a narrowly focused group that a lot of us have gotten lost, and people are dying and animals are dying and plants are dying. So it’s time for change.”
Kelly Stone is an educator, comedian, single mother, river enthusiast, lecturer, and environmental activist, and now she’s running for Texas Railroad Commissioner. (Y’all, we all know that women wear an infinite number of hats.) This summer, she became the 8th woman to paddle a C1 canoe to the finish line of the Texas Water Safari, known as “The World’s Toughest Canoe Race.” She is currently running statewide to become a Texas Railroad Commissioner to help educate Texans about what the Railroad Commission does, advocating for an agency name change to reflect it’s true function in oil and gas regulations. She’s given a TEDx Talk, read her journal in Mortified, and performed in the Women in Comedy Festival, but she’s still trying to figure out how to keep her boys from smearing Greek yogurt on the furniture.
On the Democratic side, Kelly Stone, an environmental activist who has raised nearly $30,000, including in-kind contributions, and has about $1,500 in her campaign coffers, said she is running “because our planet is on fire, and it’s time we do something about it.”
K Stone stands up as the most prominent progressive candidate in the field, pledging not to accept contributions over $200 from oil, gas & coal industry execs, lobbyists, or PACs.
The thing is, the Texas Railroad Commission has nothing to do with railroads and everything to do with oil, gas, flaring, fracking, pipelines, earthquakes, unmonitored methane leaks, and the RRC is responsible for a great deal of the externalized costs borne by our health and our global environment.
As primary elections approach in Texas, we reached out to Democratic candidate Kelly Stone as she campaigns to join one of the state's most important and least understood regulatory bodies: The Texas Railroad Commission.
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Kelly interviews Kelly Stone, candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner.
Kelly's not vying to be a bureaucrat in this race, but their industry-insider pick sure is! Check out this puff piece Bloomberg wrote on her behalf. We're proud Kelly was still about to get her ideas out and be compared to Warren and Sanders!
"Stone takes it a step farther, siding with Democratic presidential candidates such as Warren and Sanders, who have come out in support of a ban on fracking."
Also present at the late afternoon vigil was Kelly Stone, a San Marcos resident and candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission.