Susan Hutson Becomes First Black Woman to be Elected Sheriff in Louisiana After Defeating Four-Term Incumbent Marlin Gusman in Runoff Election

Susan Hutson defeated Sheriff Marlin Gusman in Saturday’s runoff election to become the first Black woman to be elected sheriff in the state of Louisiana (Image: Twitter/@KelseyDavisNews)

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