Parish native running for state Senate

Published 9:19 am Friday, September 4, 2015

John Seal recently announced his candidacy for Louisiana State Senate Seat, District 12, which will be vacated with the retirement of Sen. Ben Nevers.

Seal is a lifelong resident of Washington Parish. His is married to Heather Bush Seal. Together they have a daughter, Madelyn. John and Heather are active members of First Baptist Church of Franklinton. Seal graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1998 and obtained his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Louisiana State University in 2003.

He also obtained an Engineer Intern certification with the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Seal completed the MBA program at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005.  He is currently completing the dissertation requirement for a Ph. D. in Business Administration at Northcentral University.

In 2005, Seal began working in human resources at Riverside Medical Center. He currently serves as the human resources director and assistant administrator. In 2008, he obtained the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.  Over the past 10 years, Seal has worked diligently to promote a diverse and competent workforce at Riverside.

“I truly enjoy working at my local community hospital,” Seal said. “Bringing on qualified and competent new team members to take care of our family and friends is a great experience.

“I know in the event I need to bring a loved one to the emergency department, the individuals providing healthcare are some of the most skilled and experienced people — that my loved one is in good hands. Being a part of the process to give that sense of safety to our community is a privilege.”

“Ensuring that our rural community hospitals continue to operate for years to come is imperative to our area’s growth,” Seal said. “In the Senate, I want to work with our other legislators to help preserve our rural hospitals so that our seniors and veterans are able to access affordable, quality healthcare in our local communities.”

Seal describes his candidacy as a straightforward campaign — he will not accept any campaign donations, so there are no political favors owed. Seal is running as an independent.

He encourages people to email him at, call him at 985-515-1627 or follow him on Facebook at