JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — Republican Councilwoman At-Large Cynthia Lee Sheng has been elected as Jefferson Parish's President, WWL-TV projects.
Lee Sheng defeated former Jefferson Parish President John Young and Bridge City resident Lee Bonnecarrere to replace current Parish President Mike Yenni who chose to not seek re-election.
Lee Sheng currently serves as an At-Large member for Division B for the Jefferson Parish Council. She was elected to that position in 2015 after serving as a council member for District 5 since 2009. She is the daughter of the late Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee who served at the sheriff's office for 28 years.
Lee Sheng will be the first female parish president in Jefferson Parish history.
"What is so cool about that is that I really believe people didn't vote for me because I'm a woman, people voted for me because I'm the most qualified!" Lee Sheng said as she celebrated her victory.
Jefferson Parish is the second most populated parish in Louisiana.
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