Rodney Lyons Sr. has defeated Ebony Woodruff in the race for the District 87 seat in the state House of Representatives, 59 percent to 41 percent.

Lyons got 2,883 votes to Woodruff’s 2,034.

Lyons, 52, is a retired supervisor with the Jefferson Parish Streets Department and a former high school and youth league basketball coach. He also is a past president of the Woodmere Civic Association, representing the subdivision often called the largest in the state.

“I have the pulse of the community at my fingertips and have the ability to relate to the community on a fundamental basis, and that’s what we need at this time,” Lyons said in an interview earlier this month.

He said constituents need their elected officials to work on bringing economic opportunity to the community, developing job training initiatives and supporting law enforcement agencies’ efforts to help keep residents safe.

Although he has not held elected office, Lyons said, he’s a “quick study.”

Woodruff, 35, is a former assistant Jefferson Parish attorney who won the seat without opposition in 2013. She has won the majority of local endorsements for the Harvey-based district this election cycle. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration from LSU and a law degree from Southern University. She graduated from John Ehret High School in Marrero.

Former legislator Derrick Shepherd filed paperwork to run but was disqualified because of his 2008 felony conviction for public corruption.

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