Editor’s note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail has run over the last several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website, www.herald-mail.com, through the West Virginia primary on May 8.
Republican Elliot Simon is trying again for a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates, this time in the newly redistricted 67th District.
The district covers Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Shenandoah Junction and the Blue Ridge Mountain area north of W.Va. 9.
Until Dec. 31, the district will remain the 57th District, the current domain of longtime Del. John Doyle of Shepherdstown, who is not seeking re-election.
Simon, 57, of Harpers Ferry, will face W. Matthew Harris, also of Harpers Ferry, in the May 8 GOP primary.
Stephen Skinner of Shepherdstown, the Democratic candidate for the 67th District, has no primary opponent.
Simon was a Tea Party-endorsed candidate when he lost to Doyle in the 2010 general election.
He said he’s running again “because our state government has let us down. Our No. 1 priority must be to improve our state economy. We need to be employed in order to provide for our families.”
West Virginia’s economy “chronically underperforms. In order to create jobs, we need to attract the businesses that create jobs,” he said. “What’s needed is a common-sense approach to regulation, judicial reform and improvements to our school system.”
Simon also took a shot at state spending, which he said is out of control due to increasing debt and rising taxes.
He plans to meet every voter in the district in the old-fashioned way — by knocking on doors.
“Hopefully, I will get to meet everyone,” Simon said. “There is a lot to do in our state. I am asking for your vote on May 8.”
He is retired and married to Isabell Simon.