State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, announced Saturday that she’s considering running for East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president this fall and that she has formed an exploratory committee.
Marcelle was an East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council member until fall 2015, when she won the legislative seat of Alfred Williams, who died. She posted about the creation of her mayoral exploration committee on her Facebook page.
“They are gathering information to advise me of my chances of winning, my challenges and of course the fundraising that I will need to be successful,” she wrote. “I’ll continue to be prayerful and await their suggestions. As soon as I’ve made a decision, I will announce.”
While serving on the Metro Council, Marcelle pushed the Baton Rouge Police Department to start wearing body cameras. She also led the initiative to change the city’s hiring policies so that future employees don’t have to check off on their first job applications if they have been convicted of a crime.
Should Marcelle jump into the mayoral race, she will have familiar company. Her former colleague, Metro Councilman John Delgado, a Republican, is running. Former state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge, is running as well.