Barbara West Carpenter, the dean of international education at Southern University, became the Louisiana Legislature’s new representative for state House District 63 Saturday after defeating Ulysses “Bones” Addison.
Carpenter, a Democrat, won the race with 58 percent of the vote. She defeated former Metro Councilman and fellow Democrat Addison, who earned 42 percent of the vote. Carpenter led the race throughout the night.
Carpenter and Addison rose above a crowded field of five candidates in the Oct. 24 primary to make it into the runoff. Addison had 33 percent of the vote in the primary while Carpenter claimed 30 percent.
The District 63 seat represents areas in Zachary, Baker and Scotlandville.
Carpenter has argued that her experience working in higher education makes her uniquely qualified to tackle the budget problems that higher education has suffered over the past several years.
She is also a former board member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority.
Addison was a Metro councilman for three terms, and he runs a market research firm. He has also worked with many nonprofits. He said he was most concerned with addressing education at all levels.