State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, a Baton Rouge Democrat and former councilwoman, will join the growing field vying to become East Baton Rouge Parish’s next mayor-president.

Marcelle will officially announce her candidacy at an event Thursday morning, she said in a news release Tuesday evening. Marcelle served on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council until being elected to fill the late Alfred Williams’ seat in the Legislature in 2015.

She now joins seven other candidates running to replace outgoing Mayor-President Kip Holden, who’s term-limited after leading the parish since 2004 and who’s now running for Congress.

Marcelle formed a committee to explore a possible run for mayor-president in April. Since then, Marcelle said in the release, she was “encouraged by many citizens from all areas of the parish.”

Among those Marcelle will face in the election this fall are her former colleagues on the Metro Council — Republican Councilman John Delgado; state Sen. Mack “Bodi” White, R-Central; and former state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge.

Also running for mayor-president are former Democratic Metro Councilman Byron Sharper; former Republican Metro Councilman Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois; former professional football player Greg LaFleur; and real estate broker and investor Darryl Gissel, who’s running as an independent.