C. Denise Marcelle to announce candidacy for East Baton Rouge mayor-president _lowres

C. Denise Marcelle

Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle has broken the Metro Council curse.

She beat her fellow councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis in the race to represent House District 61 with 61 percent of the vote.

She’s the first sitting council person whose run for a higher office to win their seat since 1999.

Both Marcelle and Collins-Lewis joined the Baton Rouge Metro Council in 2008. They are both Democrats in their second terms on the council.

Marcelle is credited with pushing the Baton Rouge Police Department to implement body cameras and attempting to pass a controversial ban on discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people in employment and housing last year.

She will assume the seat held previously by state Rep. Alfred Williams, who died earlier this year.

This is both Marcelle and Collins-Lewis’s second bid for the state House seat. Both of them lost in 2011 to Williams.