The Louisiana Legislature has a new member, who will take over a New Orleans area House seat without an election.
Ebony Woodruff, a lawyer from Harvey, gained the seat after no other candidate signed up for a Nov. 16 special election to fill the vacancy.
The sign-up period ended Friday.
Woodruff, a Democrat, will replace Girod Jackson, a Democrat and general contractor who resigned in August after federal authorities charged him with fraud and failing to pay taxes.
The Advocate reports that Woodruff is a former assistant Jefferson Parish attorney.
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