OPELOUSAS — Kelly J. Scott, of Opelousas, has announced his candidacy for state Senate District 24, saying that improving the economy and the job market are his top priorities.

“It is time for Louisiana to be more successful and thriving by providing our families and young graduates good-paying jobs, an affordable college education and accessible quality health care, and the opportunity to raise their families in the state of Louisiana,” Scott said in a written campaign announcement.

Scott said that he has been seeking advice to formulate solutions that will “significantly address the needs of families across southwest Louisiana.”

The District 24 incumbent, state Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, is seeking re-election. Guillory took the seat in 2009, winning over Pat Cravins.

Scott also ran in that election but did not make the run-off.

Scott said in his written announcement that after the 2009 race, he began to get more involved in education projects and has been visiting and donating supplies to the Heritage School for the Arts in Lafayette.