ELKO – Businessman Chip Stone threw his hat into the race for Elko City Council on the first day for candidates to file for city election.

Stone was the first one to file for the city office. He signed the paperwork with Elko City Clerk Shanell Owen on Monday.

He explained that he will campaign on a multi-faceted platform of growth for new and existing businesses, family recreation and becoming “a voice” for all Elkoans by providing an open-door policy to “listen to everyone’s desires and needs.”

“We get to listen to not just the minority groups, but to everyone so everyone can be heard and have an opinion and I can share that opinion with the public,” Stone said, pointing to issues the city council has dealt with recently.

“The council has had some huge decisions to make in the past months, even this past week,” Stone said, explaining his thoughts on developing more family-friendly activities.

“I’m a family guy,” Stone said. “I’m all about building recreation for kids as well as the young adults and adults with wholesome activities; things that are not all about the hardcore over 21 world, but the family units.”

“It’s time for some change,” Stone said.

Stone is the owner of Stonecraft Jewelers, Diamondchippers “Rockin’ Sodas and Rolled Ice Cream,” and Stonerock Sound and Lighting. He has also been involved with several civic organizations including the Lions Club, Elks Lodge, Civic Club, Elko Area Chamber and Elko County Sheriff’s Posse.

“I’m a busy guy, but I’ll make time,” Stone said.

He said his wife, Kim, and three children were supportive of his decision to run for city council.

“They are very, very supportive of this,” Stone said. “They are 100 percent behind it all.”

Bill Hance, owner of Ruby Mountain Lock and Safe, also filed for city council on March 5. 

Filing for city council and mayor at the city clerk’s office continues until March 16.