Former grants officer to seek council seat

Holly Fonseca and her family.

Passion for serving residents, results-driven leadership at center of campaign

Lifelong St. Charles Parish resident and former parish Grants Officer Holly Fonseca has announced her candidacy for Council-at-Large Division B.

A 10+ year veteran of local government, Fonseca was integral in the receipt of state and federal funding for water, wastewater, recreation, government buildings, emergency management, drainage and flood control improvements that have positively impacted the entire parish – most notably the West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee.

Her experience as both a civil servant and appointed executive staffer gives her a unique understanding of the inner workings of parish government, she said. She’s skilled at working collaboratively across all levels of government to achieve monumental goals.

“My career has been focused around results, including securing and managing $100 million in grant revenue to complete 172 parish projects and programs,” Fonseca said. “I want to continue my successful track record while once again working for the benefit of all in our community.”

In her time with parish government, Fonseca served on the team responsible for implementing the long-term plan to complete construction of a closed West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee. As part of that effort, she helped gain voter approval of an ad valorem tax for levee systems that will ensure hurricane protection parishwide.

Fonseca fought for the prioritization of the Upper Barataria Basin Feasibility Study to receive federal and state funding. Congress fully funded the study in 2018 at a cost of $3 million. It’s an important step in providing for eventual federal involvement in flood protection on the West Bank of the parish, she said.

She also served as project manager for the design and construction of the $11.7 million Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling.

Holly Fonseca

She’s been able to foster positive relationships with local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lafourche Basin and Pontchartrain Levee Districts and Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, she said. All are important to the future success of drainage and flood protection efforts, which is her top priority.

Fonseca also emphasized the importance of the role of an at-large council member, pledging to utilize her knowledge and experience, especially when it comes to finances.

“My accounting background and experience budgeting and managing millions of taxpayer dollars will be beneficial with regard to the oversight of parish funds,” she said. “We need to be progressive with infrastructure improvements while prioritizing spending effectively to address parish needs.”

Fonseca said she is looking forward to once again working with the administration and council members to improve the quality of life for all residents.

“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 as Councilmember-at-Large Division B.”

Fonseca is running as a Republican. She is a resident of Luling and is married to her husband of 29 years, Clarence. She is mother to son Blake, daughter Blaire and soon-to-be son-in-law Hayden. She is a graduate of Hahnville High School and holds a bachelor of science in accounting and master of business administration, both as a graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

Election Day is Oct. 12. Early voting runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 5 at the Registrar of Voters Office within the St. Charles Parish Courthouse in Hahnville and the Allen Arterbury Building on River Road in New Sarpy.

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This press release was paid for by Holly Fonseca.


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