Continuing a lead with early voters, Republican Holly Fonseca won the St. Charles Parish Council’s At-Large Division B seat in today’s general election.
Fonseca received 10,676 votes over Wilson’s 7,648 votes in complete, but unofficial results.
Fonseca beat Terrell “T-Bone” Wilson, a Democrat who ran for the seat after he termed out the District 1 seat on the council. The two knocked out Division B incumbent Paul Hogan in the primary.
Shortly after learning about her victory, Fonseca said she looked forward to going to work on the council and thanked Wilson for his service.
“I am humbled, honored and most of all thankful tonight,” she said. “I’m thankful for my hardworking campaign crew and supporters who helped make my campaign a success and for my opponent and his years of dedicated public service. As we celebrate tonight, I know that my work has just begun. I look forward to representing all St. Charles Parish residents with integrity. I pledge to keep your concerns at the forefront as we move our parish forward.”
In early voting, Fonseca took the lead with 56 percent of the 5,813 votes cast compared to Wilson’s 2,532 votes. In complete results, she also took 56 percent of the vote. By precinct, her strongest support came in Luling and Destrehan.
Parish voters showed at the polls with 13,372 Democrats, 12,461 Republicans and 9,491 other. Overall, unofficial turnout in the parish was 51 percent.
In campaigning, both candidates told voters they brought considerable experience to the office.
“My 10-plus years of parish government experience as a civil servant, grants officer and executive staffer throughout which I gained knowledge of the inner workings of parish government, as well as experience working across local, state and federal levels of government is my biggest advantage that will allow me to hit the ground running on Day One,” said Fonseca.
Fonseca, 49, said her platform is built around flood protection, fiscal responsibility and getting results.
“I believe my reputation of being an experienced, results-driven leader with integrity precedes me,” she said. “I am ready to serve the people of St. Charles Parish.”
She wants to continue working on 100-year hurricane protection on both sides of the river, maintain and improve existing levees, use all available funding efficiently, and work with Congress and federal agencies to ensure flood insurance remains affordable. Fonseca said she will strive for budget responsibility to fund infrastructure and quality-of-life improvements, and monitor spending to avoid tax increases. Additionally, she will work with fellow council members to provide oversight with a focus on efficient, cost-effective capital projects.