Professor Roy D. Simon, Jr. is running as a Democrat for the New York State Senate seat currently held by the Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
In the Newsday article “9th District: Professor aims to unseat Skelos,”, Simon spoke of his desire to take public office because “New York needs better government,” he said. Simon grew up in Chicago and graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts. He earned his law degree at New York University. He is married and has four children. The 9th district, which is in the generally GOP-leaning Town of Hempstead, has more Democrats registered than Republicans, 77,773 to 75,201. It also has 5,032 Independence Party members, 1,880 Conservatives, and 368 Working Families Party members. Also 40,500 registrants are listed as unaffiliated.