Interim Ascension Parish Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna’s fish fry fundraising event Tuesday night at the Gonzales Civic Center reeled in about 600 people — and generated $45,000 in net contributions, her campaign said.

The event marked the kick-off for the St. Amant Republican’s bid to lead the 41-person office. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, the longtime boss of Hanna’s husband, introduced her to the crowd. Maj. Kevin Hanna supervises criminal investigations for the sheriff.

Bridget Hanna worked under former Clerk of Court Kermit “Hart” Bourque for 31 years, more than a decade as chief deputy, was sworn in as interim clerk in February to fill the position until a special election could be held Oct. 24.

Bourque retired for health reasons after nearly 51 years in office and his term ends June 30.

Hanna has no announced opponents less than two weeks from qualifying for the Oct. 24 election primary — an election that will be for all the marbles including the four-year term that would start on July 1. She’ll be running both to fill the interim and full term.

Hanna’s campaign said that with the fish fry’s proceeds, she has raised $70,000 since March, when she announced plans to seek election to fill Bourque’s term and to be the next clerk of court.

Advocate staff reporters Rebkah Allen, Andrea Gallo, David J. Mitchell contributed to this article