Baton Rouge Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards easily won the District 29 state representative seat over local attorney Edmond Jordan.
Edwards, a Democrat, is a second term council woman. She beat Jordan, also a Democrat, 59 percent to 41 percent. The seat was left vacant by State Representative Regina Barrow who ran for and won a state senate seat last month.
Edwards has been enduring a public battle with late stage pancreatic cancer for the past two years. The aggressive and often deadly cancer prevented Edwards from attending council meetings for the past five months while she sought treatment.
Edwards was sick enough that she had to file for office from the hospital bed via a representative with a signed affadavit.
Jordan made a campaign issue of her health, questioning in a mailer to the district, whether Edwards would be able to handle the grueling schedule of the state Legislature.
The district includes parts of north Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge.
Edwards, along with fellow Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle, will leave the Metro Council with unexpired terms in January. Their seats will be filled for the next year by a vote of the remaining council members.
There will be no special election to fill the seats because there’s less than a year until the November 2016 council elections.