Did you know that the Los Angeles County Sheriff is an elected official? The sheriff holds a tremendous amount of power with responsibilities such as providing patrol services for 153 incorporated communities and 42 cities; courthouse security for the Superior Court of LA; and housing and transportation of 17,000 people who are incarcerated in its jail system, which is the largest in the country.

We hosted a community forum at East Los Angeles Community College on April 21 so Angelenos can better know the sheriff candidates. Watch the event to hear from the people running to lead the nation's largest sheriff's department. The forum was hosted by KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Have questions you'd like to ask the candidates in person? We have another Elect Your Sheriff candidate forum on Saturday, May 19. RSVP through People Power.

Elect Your Sheriff Los Angeles
Saturday, May 19, 6 p.m.
Ward AME Church
1177 W 25th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

This is a great opportunity for the LA community to meet and hear from the people running to lead the nation's largest sheriff's department.

LA voters, it is up to YOU to decide who YOU think is the right sheriff for Los Angeles County.

The Elect Your Sheriff LA forum is hosted by ACLU SoCal, LA Progressive, Justice Not Jails, LA Regional Reentry Partnership, Dignity and Power Now, Youth Justice Coalition, East LA College and the Pathway to Law School Program, and Ward AME Church in Hollywood.


Bob Lindsey
"I spent 32 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, serving in 24 different assignments, and obtained the rank of Commander. In this time of complex law enforcement issues, the community deserves transparency, can handle truth, and doesn’t need a politically motivated solution packages to mislead the residents of the county. I will give unending and unparalleled attention to the communities of Los Angeles County and to our beloved sworn and professional staff of the Sheriff’s Department."

Mr. McDonnell did not provide a photo, bio, or website.

Alex Villanueva
"Villanueva has over 30 years experience with the LASD and was founding president of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association. A recognized reformer in the organization, Villanueva led the drive to ban smoking in the jail system and fought against corruption within the Baca administration. A military veteran, Villanueva holds a Doctorate in Public Administration and is a published author and educator in the field of criminal justice."



Click to read the candidates' positions on a variety of social justice and civil liberties issues.


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