St Tammany DA Update – 7/15/14

Embattled DA Walter Reed won’t seek re-election in November

By Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Longtime north shore District Attorney Walter Reed, who is under federal investigation, told staff members Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November.

Reed has held the district’s attorney’s seat for the the 22nd Judicial District since 1984, when he beat incumbent DA Marion Farmer. Reed had not had an opponent for the office since beating former U.S. Attorney John Volz in 1996. But in recent months Reed has been dogged by news reports chronicling his campaign spending and his legal representation of St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

As the opening of the qualifying period draws near, three candidates have announced they will run for the District Attorney’s office that covers St. Tammany and Washington parishes: Slidell attorney Alan Black, Covington attorney Roy Burns Jr. and Brian Trainor, currently the chief deputy of the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office. And with each new candidate tossing his hat into the ring, speculation grew about Reed’s plans.

Reed statement on election plans

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