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Matt Stone
Former candidate for
South Dakota State Senate, District 18
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Matt Stone was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 18 of the South Dakota State Senate.[1] He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.


Campaign themes


Stone's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Human life is precious and should be protected."

Small Government

  • Excerpt: "The primary role of government is to protect its citizens. When it needs to step out of this role, it should be small and nonintrusive."


  • Excerpt: "Everyone has the right to be free."

Balanced budget

  • Excerpt: "This pertains to all individuals, entities, and government. No one should spend more than they take in."

Right to bear arms

  • Excerpt: "The constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, yet state government should be left to craft policy that suites the needs of its citizens."



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

The general elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate took place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Bernie Hunhoff was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Matt Stone defeated Thomas Bixler in the Republican primary. Hunhoff defeated Stone in the general election.[3][4][1]

South Dakota State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBernie Hunhoff 55.8% 4,300
     Republican Matt Stone 44.2% 3,403
Total Votes 7,703
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State
South Dakota State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Stone 87.7% 1,086
Thomas Bixler 12.3% 152
Total Votes 1,238


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Stone ran in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 18. Stone and Thomas Bixler were defeated by Mike Stevens and Thomas D. Stotz in the Republican primary on June 5. Charlie Gross and incumbent Bernie Hunhoff ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Nick Moser (R) is not running for re-election.[5][6]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas D. Stolz 34.6% 738
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Stevens 33.3% 710
Matt Stone 27.5% 586
Thomas Bixler 4.6% 98
Total Votes 2,132

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