BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Democrat Sharon Weston-Broome has won the runoff election for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish, becoming the first female African American mayor of EBR Parish.
Broome faced off against Republican Bodi White in a runoff, after the November 8 election that saw 12 candidates hoping to replace current Mayor-President Kip Holden, who is term-limited and cannot run again after three terms as mayor.
Broome served 24 years in the state legislature and was the first female to hold Pro Tempore in the House and Senate. She was a state senator from 2005 to 2016 and before that was a state representative from 1991 to 2005.
Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement Saturday night congratulating Weston-Broome on her victory.