State Rep. Walker Hines, R-New Orleans, said Thursday that he is bowing out of this fall’s Louisiana secretary of state’s race.
Hines said he wants to focus on his health, finding a nice girl to marry and making films.
“I’m still young enough and have the whole world to conquer,” Hines said. “I certainly will return to public service.”
Hines, 27 and an insulin-dependent diabetic, said the stress of political life threatened his health during his single term as a legislator. He said he put on weight that he is now working to shed.
He said he will not seek any public office this fall, including re-election to his House seat.
Hines’ withdrawal comes just days after House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, jumped into the Secretary of State’s race. Qualifying is not until September, but Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a Republican, hopes to keep the job and Democrat Caroline Fayard has expressed interest in the position.
Hines had roughly $205,000 on hand according to the campaign finance report he filed July 25 with the state. He said he now has at least $350,000 in campaign dollars and will either return money to contributors or bank it for a future race.
Hines said he has not made a decision on whether to back anyone in the Secretary of State’s race.