Political hopefuls may see the Baton Rouge Metro Council as a stepping stone for a higher state or parish office. But in recent years, the local seat has proven to be an impediment. At least 16 sitting council members since 1999 have consecutively lost their elections seeking higher officers.

The last sitting council member to run for a higher office and succeed was Mike Futrell in 1999.

After Councilman Buddy Amoroso narrowly lost his state legislative race to former councilman Darrell Ourso, he jokingly told a reporter, “The curse is still alive.”

The curse he’s referring to is the “council curse,” which even Ourso fell victim to when he was a sitting councilman in 2002 seeking the job of Parish Assessor.

Here’s a list of council members who failed at the ballot box while still holding their Metro Council seat:

- Buddy Amoroso, lost state representative race in 2015.

- Trae Welch, lost 19th Judicial District Court judge race in 2014.

- Scott Wilson, lost state representative seat in 2013.

- Mike Walker, lost Mayor-President race in 2012.

- C. Denise Marcelle, lost state representative race in 2011.

- Donna Collins-Lewis, lost state representative race in 2011.

- Wayne Carter, lost Mayor-President race in 2008.

- Byron Sharper, lost state representative race in 2007.

- Lorri Burgess, lost state representative race in 2007.

- Pat Culbertson, lost state representative race in 2007.

- Charles Kelly , lost state representative race in 2005

- Martha Jane Tassin, lost state representative race in 2005.

- Ulysses “Bones” Addison, lost state representative race in 2002.

- Darrell Ourso, lost parish assessor race in 2002.

- David Boneno, lost state representative race in 2001.

- Joe Greco, lost state senate race in 1999.