With all the returns in, two-term St. Charles Parish Councilman Larry Cochran will become the next parish president, besting former Councilman Terry Authement by a 12-point margin.

Cochran, 53, a Democrat from St. Rose, had about 56 percent of the vote. About 46 percent of parish voters turned out for the election, according to figures from the Secretary of State’s Office.

During the campaign, Cochran touted his leadership skills gained as council chairman and as chief of the St. Rose Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years.

Authement spent three terms on the council and worked for 33 years at Monsanto, where he supervised maintenance until retiring in 2007.

In last month’s primary election, Cochran had about 40 percent of the vote while Authement drew about 26 percent.

Incumbent Parish President V.J. St. Pierre Jr. was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Follow Richard Thompson on Twitter, @rthompsonMSY.