Cynthia Willard-Lewis

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Cynthia Willard-Lewis
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Louisiana State Senate District 2
Former member
In office
October 2, 2010-2012
Elections and appointments
First electedOctober 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
Date of birth1952
Personal website
Cynthia Willard-Lewis (b. 1952) is a former Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate. She represented District 2 from 2010-2012.

Willard-Lewis' political career began in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Cynthia served as a Representative from 1993-2000, representing district 100. She was elected to the New Orleans City Council in October of 2000. Cynthia then attempted, unsuccessfully, to run for Council member-at-Large in the 2007 special election to replace Oliver Thomas.[1]

Willard-Lewis has worked as an Administrative Assistant and Bureau Chief for the City of New Orleans Housing Division under Mayor Ernest Morial. Cynthia also served as an Urban Planner in the Office of Policy Planning and Analysis.[2]

Willard-Lewis is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana.

She was a candidate for the city council of New Orleans, Louisiana in 2014.[3]

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Willard-Lewis served on the following committees:



See also: New Orleans city council elections, 2014

Elections for the city council of New Orleans, Louisiana consisted of a primary election on February 1, 2014, and a general election on March 15, 2014. Incumbent James Gray II (D) defeated Andre Kelly (I) and Cynthia Willard-Lewis (D) in the blanket primary. Because Gray received more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election was not necessary.[4][3]

New Orleans City Council, District E, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Gray II Incumbent 53.1% 8,577
Andre Kelly 6% 965
Cynthia Willard-Lewis 40.9% 6,600
Total Votes 16,142
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State


See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Willard-Lewis ran for re-election in 2011. Due to redistricting, she ran in District 3. She was defeated by incumbent Jean-Paul J. Morrell in the primary on October 22. Louisiana uses a blanket primary. If the winner receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then there is no general election.[5]

Louisiana State Senate District 3 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJ.P. Morrell Incumbent 53.2% 11,280
     Democratic Cynthia Willard-Lewis 46.8% 9,911
Total Votes 21,191


Willard-Lewis won a special election on October 2, 2010 to fill the vacant District 2 Senate seat. The election was called to replace then Senator Ann Duplessis, who resigned to take a job in Mayor Landrieu's administration.[6] Cynthia defeated candidates Mike Darnell (1,888), Ira Thomas (1,137) and Edward Washington III (236) with 5,613 votes.

Louisiana State Senate District 2 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cynthia Willard-Lewis (D) 5,613
Mike Darnell (D) 1,888
Ira Thomas (D) 1,137
Edward Washington III (D) 236


Cynthia is the mother of two girls, Rudy and Rianna, and grandmother to Kelci and Rhea.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Duplessis
Louisiana State Senate District 2
October 2, 2010–2012
Succeeded by
Troy Brown