NEW ORLEANS - Incumbent Marlin Gusman won his re-election bid for Orleans Parish Sheriff by easily defeating Charles Foti who was attempting to return to a job he once held for years.
"I want to thank all of the people who believed in our mission," Gusman said to a roomful of jubilant supporters after being declared the winner. "I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for the voters of Orleans Parish."
Gusman then thanked the employees of the sheriff's office and, after saying they were stretched too thin and underpaid, he called for better pay and more training to assist them in their work.
"We, here tonight, got a clear message from the people that they hear and endorse our plans, and I'm going to work each and every day to justify that confidence and to continue to work for the people of New Orleans," Gusman said.
Before this campaign, Gusman was twice elected criminal sheriff and then elected to the newly created Office of Sheriff when criminal and civil sheriff were merged into one position for Orleans Parish.
Gusman defeated Foti who has a long track record running the Orleans Parish Prison. Foti served as criminal sheriff for Orleans Parish from 1974 to 2004, when he won an election to become attorney general, but was unsuccessful in his bid to re-enter public service. He had been out of public office since losing a re-election bid as attorney general.