Susan Hutson became the first Black woman to be elected sheriff in Louisiana after defeating 17-year, four-term incumbent Marlin Gusman Saturday.
Hutson defeated Gusman in Saturday’s runoff election, receiving 53% of the vote. In the initial election, Gusman had a 13 point lead over Hutson, but the race went into a runoff because neither candidate received 51% of the vote.
Hutson’s campaign focused on criminal justice reform, including opposing an 89-bed expansion of the parish’s jail and reducing its population providing gender-conforming housing, ending the city’s contract with the jail’s healthcare provider, and ending charges for phone calls to inmates.
“History has been made,” Hutson said in a statement on Facebook. “I am so proud and humbled to call myself your next Sheriff. A huge thank you to all of our campaign staff, our community organizers, the religious community, nonprofits, neighbors, and friends.”
“Let’s get to work,” Hutson added.
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SOURCE: Black Enterprise, Derek Major