Add Scott Simon to the SOS Watchlist

In addition to Speaker Taylor Barras, there’s another legislator you should add to your watchlist for secretary of state. GOP Rep. Scott Simon of Abita Springs is seriously considering the contest.

An architect, Simon was formerly chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee. He also has a compelling personal story. As the Capitol class already knows, Simon legislates and lives much of his life from a wheelchair.

While working as an elevator repairman in 1995, a drilling rig used to create holes for hydraulic elevator shafts suddenly broke and fell on Simon. It crushed his vertebrae and severed his spinal cord, rendering him a paraplegic. Married with five children at the time, Simon coupled his recovery with a college degree and, eventually, a career in politics.

Others looking at the SOS race, according to reporter Greg Hilburn, include former Rep. Bryan Adams, Rep. Paul Hollis, Sen. Gerald Long, Rep. Julie Stokes and Sen. Mike Walsworth.

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