Jefferson Parish elects first female President

Don Ames
October 13, 2019 - 11:27 am

Jefferson Parish and Republican Councilwoman At-Large Cynthia Lee Sheng made history Saturday night.

Sheng was elected as Jefferson Parish's President, it's first female president in parish history.

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.

Jefferson Parish is the second most populated parish in Louisiana.

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