Bill Stone to leave state Senate

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State Sen. Bill Stone, D-Holly Springs

Another legislator will be stepping down soon.

Sen. Bill Stone, a Democrat from Holly Springs, will give up his seat to run his hometown’s municipally owned utility, Bobby Harrison reported for the Daily Journal.

“I have experience running a utility,” he told Harrison. “I think I can make a difference” as manger of the Holly Springs Utility Department.”

A former mayor of Ashland, Stone was elected to the Senate in 2008. In 2916, Stone was elected minority leader.

Stone’s departure follows resignations of four other lawmakers, all in the House.

Gov. Phil Bryant will have to call a special election to fill Stone’s seat.