BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former East Baton Rouge Metro councilwoman and state Rep. C Denise Marcelle announced she will be running for mayor of the Capital City.
Marcelle made the announcement at a press conference held Thursday morning .
In October 2015, the Democrat was elected state representative of District 61, after the passing of Alfred Williams. Before that, Marcelle was serving on the EBR Metro Council. Her seat was filled by former NAACP President Lamont Cole in January.
Marcelle believes that the position would allow her to serve more people and improve the quality of life.
"It is my mission to unify East Baton Rouge whether you are black, white, Hispanic or other. Whether you're Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran or a non-believer. Whether you are a heterosexual or in the LGBT community. I believe that we all deserve to be treated fairly and not in a discriminatory manor," said Marcelle.
She will be the eighth candidate to join the race to replace term-limited Mayor-President Kip Holden. His current term in office will end in November. He has held the office for 12 years.
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Republican state Sen. Bodi White, Republican Metro Councilman John Delgado, and Democrat Sharon Weston Broome, who is a former state senator, are considered the three front-runners in the race.
The other candidates rounding out the field are Republicans Darryl Gissel and Smokie Bourgeois along with Democrat Byron Sharper. Greg LaFleur, the former Southern University athletic director, is also running.
The election will be held along several other elections, including with the presidential one, on November 8.