Ebony Woodruff, a former assistant parish attorney and special education teacher in Jefferson Parish, plans to run for the state House of Representatives seat vacated by former Harvey lawmaker Girod Jackson, who resigned in August after being charged with federal tax fraud.

Woodruff can count on the support of the Jefferson Parish Council’s West Bank members, according to Councilman Mark Spears.

Qualifying for the District 87 seat begins Wednesday and ends Friday. The primary election will be held Nov. 16, with a runoff, if necessary, on Dec. 14. The term runs through 2015.

Woodruff is a Harvey native and resides in Woodmere. She graduated from John Ehret High School in 1998 and attended LSU, graduating with a degree in business administration. She taught special education at L.H. Marrero Middle School in 2003-04 before attending Southern University Law Center.

After getting her law degree in 2007, Woodruff started a private civil law practice before being hired by Jefferson Parish as an assistant parish attorney in the contracts unit. She has resigned from that position to seek Jackson’s House seat.

Jackson, who resigned amid the scandal surrounding his contracting company, Diversified Ventures, is expected to plead guilty in federal court this month.