Sheriff Candidate Susan Hutson Gets Key Support From New Orleans Attorney Jason Williams
Susan Hutson secured key support from a progressive elected official on Friday in the Dec. 11 run-off against outgoing New Orleans sheriff Marlin Gusman.
The announcement of the approval came from District Attorney Jason Williams at a rally outside the former Sheriff’s Correctional Center near the courthouse.
âAfter watching this campaign very closely and spending time with Susan, I have no doubts that she will work to implement strategies that improve neighborhoods, improve technology, data sharing and transparency,â said Williams .
Williams spoke of the current sheriff wishing to build another prison while speaking outside an abandoned city-owned jail and supplemented Hutson on his pledge to use trained members of the Sheriff’s Department for visibility patrols in high-pressure neighborhoods. criminality.
Hutson made comparisons to Williams during his campaign, as they both come from criminal backgrounds. Former city council chairman Williams ran against Keva Landrum, a former judge and acting prosecutor, in a 2020 run-off for the district attorney’s post and won, despite his lack of experience in matter of prosecution.
Hutson, an independent police inspector, was not well known before the campaign, but is starting to attract outside financial donations from criminal justice PACs and other Democratic donors. Gusman, who also draws money from outside the state and from the support of the state’s main Democratic leaders, edged out Hutson throughout the campaign.
Gusman was adamant about the completion of a new wing of the current prison that would house inmates with mental illnesses. The city is due to build one due to an agreement between former mayor Mitch Landrieu and a federal judge after city police forces and the sheriff’s department entered into a federal consent decree.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell and city council are both opposed to the new wing.
Hutson also pledged that if elected she would stay out of the headlines and not allow a reality TV show to run in jail like Gusman did with the Netflix show Jailbirds.
Gusman also recently made headlines when he said it was necessary to charge inmates for phone calls to relatives to fund prison. Hutson said she would make free phone calls.
Hutson also said she would favor women in the role of MPs in order to diversify the office.
âMaybe even the ones who were on Jailbirds,â Hutson said.
Elections will take place on December 11 and early voting will begin next Saturday, November 27. Five other municipal elections were also held, including the city assessor and four seats on the city council.