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Simms announces he’s running for Pine Ridge Town Council

Pine Ridge, SC - Scott Simms, a resident of the town of Pine Ridge for approximately 18 years, has announced that he has filed to run for the town’s council. He filed by the deadline and meets all the residence and other requirements to participate in the election which will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Simms has resided in the town of Pine Ridge since 1999. He is a married father of three children and grandfather of two precious grandchildren. He lives at 112 Henston Drive along with his wife Anneda and youngest son William.

Simms is medically licensed in South Carolina as a respiratory care practitioner and is employed by Palmetto Health Richland. With over 36 years of experience in all aspects of patient care, he says that he has become very involved in state wide respiratory care initiatives. He has two associate degrees, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Currently, he is a chronic disease care manager focused on chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) with an emphasis on education and patient navigation.

Simms has an extensive community service background that consists of an appointment to the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners (respiratory care advisory council) which he has served on since 2015. He also sits on the Medical advisory board for Midlands Technical College and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, positions he’s held since 2007. He is active in the American Association of Respiratory Care (1987) and the South Carolina affiliate (1997).

Simms is an active member of Trinity Baptist Church of Cayce and he loves to sing in the choir. He is a current committee member of the Pine Ridge Planning committee and has been since 2011.

Simms says that he has an extensive past professional experience in leaderaship positions with professional groups related to his chosen field. He has been the president of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care (2010), was recognized as the Respiratory Care Practitioner of the year for SC (2009), and has been an adjunct clinical instructor for Miami-Dade College since 1997. He has participated in Medical Overseas Missions in 2011 and 2013, and has also served as a supervisor, preceptor and educator at numerous medical and teaching facilities. He is also an American Lung Association moderator, has been invited to lecture for numerous medically focused symposiums, conventions, and programs.

Simms said that he now seeks a seat on the town council for the town of Pine Ridge in order to continue and expand his service to his community. He said that Pine Ridge is an awesome place to live with regard to wonderful neighbors, planned progressive growth, and unlimited future potential. “Having been on the planning committee has enlightened me to what the pressing needs are and what assets our town possess,” Simms said in a prepared statement when announcing his candidacy. “Limited growth, with an eye towards respecting the rights of land owners juxtaposed with the residential community desires, have proven to be the one big issue most are concerned with. Being open minded and respectful of others, while allowing my intuition guided by experience, has enabled me to become an effective agent for positive change,” he said.

Simms also said that he has enjoyed working with his fellow members of the planning committee toward advancing a comprehensive community plan. He says he has a proven ability to work within the planning committee, zoning committee, town council, and others toward a common goal. “This makes me an ideal candidate for this town council position,” Simms concluded.

Simms said that if he is given the chance to become a town council member, he will endeavor to serve Pine Ridge to the best of his ability. For these reasons, he asks that the residents of Pine Ridge turn out to vote for Scott Simms on November 7th for Pine Ridge Town Council.

Scott Simms

You can get in touch with Scott Simms by e-mail at, or by calling him at (803) 920-8072or (803) 955-9444. He would love to hear from you and answer any questions that you might have.

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