L.A. voters, we have a sheriff runoff!

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 L.A.; and housing and transportation of 17,000 people who are incarcerated in its jail system, which is the largest in the country.

We have two candidates who are racing to become the next sherif: incumbent Jim McDonnell and candidate Alex Villanueva.

Have questions you'd like to ask the candidates in person? We have another Elect Your Sheriff candidate forum on Saturday, September 15. RSVP through People Power.

Elect Your Sheriff Los Angeles
Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.
Ward AME Church
1177 W 25th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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

Simultaneously, the Youth Justice Coalition will be holding a legal clinic to service our reentry community members.

L.A. voters, it is up to YOU to decide who YOU think is the right Sheriff for Los Angeles County. Get ready to go to the polls again in November!

The Elect Your Sheriff LA forum is hosted by ACLU SoCal, Ward AME Church, LA Progressive, Justice Not Jails, LA Regional Reentry Partnership, Dignity and Power Now, and Youth Justice Coalition.

We hosted a primary election 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.



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."



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