Two state House members, community activist seek vacant District 15 seat in state Senate _lowres

Regina Barrow

Democrat Regina Barrow claimed victory Saturday in a three-way race for the open Senate District 15 seat, avoiding a runoff.

Barrow, a three-term state representative, collected 53 percent of the vote, leading fellow Democratic state Rep. Dalton Honore by 20 percentage points. Baker community activist and Republican challenger Jerrie Davenport Williams had 14 percent.

Barrow, a former legislative aide for current incumbent Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, again succeeds her former boss in public office. Barrow is wrapping up her third term representing House District 29, which Broome also held before running for the District 15 Senate seat.

Broome, a Democrat, is term-limited after more than a decade in the state Senate and is now running for East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president. The district takes in much of the northern and western portions of East Baton Rouge Parish, including much of north Baton Rouge, all of Baker and portions of Zachary.