The news comes amid controversy surrounding Reed’s work for a private hospital. Reed calls the controversy a “disruption” that keeps him from focusing all his efforts on his office.
“Lately, as you are no doubt aware, the New Orleans news media has repeatedly cast me, my dedicated staff, friends and even my family in a different and harsher light, making an endless series of allegations regarding my character, and creating unwarranted and obtrusive disruptions in the function of my office,” Reed said.
“As such it has become apparent to me that such time consuming disruptions will continue… In recognition of these facts, I have notified my key supporters that at this moment, I do not intend to qualify for re‐election as District Attorney. I did not reach this decision lightly. It was reached in good conscience and with the best interests of the people of the North shore parishes in mind.”
Reed had been the district attorney for Washington and St. Tammany parishes for the past 30 years.
Read Reed’s full statement HERE.