Life Before Politics
Sutter was born and raised in Connecticut. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1976, and then spent several years coaching and playing tennis professionally in different parts of the world. He returned to the US to obtain his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1983. He then practiced law on Cape Cod before joining the Bristol County District Attorney's Office as Assistant District Attorney in 1991.
Bristol County D.A.
In 2006, Sutter challenged incumbent Bristol County District Attorney Paul F. Walsh, Jr. in the Democratic Primary for that office. Running to "clean up" the D.A.'s office after Walsh's 12-year incumbency, Sutter was able to narrowly defeat Walsh in the primary (51%-49%). The last time any Republican or third-party candidate has run for Bristol County D.A. was in 1974, and as such the Democratic Primary essentially decides the race.
Sutter would be reelected without any challengers in 2010 and 2014.
Fall River Mayoral Recall, 2014
In 2014, Fall River Mayor William A. Flanagan faced a variety of personal and political challenges, culminating in enough registered voters signing a petition to have a recall election take place. Sam Sutter, who lives in Fall River, along with Flanagan and six other candidates; all filed to run in this election.
As a recall election had never happened in either Fall River, or Massachusetts as a whole, many controversies had to be addressed during the process. Ultimately, it was decided that ballots would have one binding question: "Shall William Flanagan be recalled (as Mayor)?", followed by an area where voters could choose one of the eight candidates, or write one in. (It was decided that William Flanagan could appear as one of the eight candidates, and could hypothetically be recalled yet re-elected on the second part of the ballot).
On December 16, 2014; William Flanagan was recalled by 70% of voters, and Sutter was elected to finish Flanagan's term with 37% of the vote.
Mayor of Fall River (2014-2016)
Sam Sutter took office on Dec. 30, 2014, and ((Add some policies))
In 2015, Sutter chose to run for a full term, along with four other candidates, including City Councillor Jasiel Correia II, and recaller Jordan James Silvia. On Sept. 22, the preliminary election saw Correia defeating Sutter (47%-41%), though both candidates were eligible to participate in the Nov. 3rd election, with the other three being eliminated.
Despite some major endorsements, Sutter narrowly lost to Jasiel Correia on Nov. 3rd, 2015, by a margin of about 51%-48%.