Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who defied police defunders and vaccine mandates, survived Tuesday’s main however must head to the first in November to defend his re-election.
The Related Press reported that Villanueva received 34% of the vote – shy of the 50% margin required for the incumbent sheriff to keep away from a runoff election. Coming in second Tuesday was former Lengthy Seashore police Chief Robert Luna with 25%, inserting the 2 far forward within the nine-candidate subject.
Rating third was LASD Lt. Eric Robust, who acquired 13% of the votes, whereas the opposite candidates didn’t break into the double-digit percentages: Retired LASD Assistant Chief and present LAX Police Chief Cecil Rhambo acquired 8%; LASD Sgt. Karla Carranza acquired 5%; Retired LASD Capt. Britta Steinbrenner acquired 5%; Retired LASD Capt. Matt Rodriguez acquired 4%; Retired LASD commander Eli Vera acquired 4%; and coming in final was State Parole Agent April Saucedo Hood with 2% of the votes.
Not like most operating, Luna doesn’t have any earlier ties to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division.
Villanueva, who has described himself as one of many final remaining Democrats of the JFK and FDR vein, was elected in 2018, however since 2020 has persistently clashed with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, most notably as he refused to implement the county’s vaccine mandate that he argued would result in the firing of 4,000 of his deputies amid a criminal offense wave ushered in by the defund police motion.
“Each single factor I campaigned on, I achieved,” Villanueva informed KABC-TV forward of Tuesday’s main. “So, them making an attempt to color me one way or the other as a born-again conservative, the details do not bear out. I’ll do issues primarily based on what’s proper for public security outdoors of partisan labels.”
The board, which Villanueva famous endorsed embattled progressive Los Angeles District Legal professional George Gascon, usurped the sheriff’s energy to implement the COVID-19 mandate for his division’s workers earlier this yr.
Regardless of preventing the Inspector Common’s subpoena for months, Villanueva was additionally ordered to testify in April about alleged gang-like teams of deputies.
The Board of Supervisors oversees the sheriff’s division’s present $3.5 billion funds.
“In legislation enforcement, persons are supposed to have a look at us on the individuals who not solely implement the legislation, however we hear and cooperate with for instance, oversight, subpoenas,” Luna informed KABC forward of the first.
“If I get subpoenaed, I must adjust to that, identical to each group member in L.A. County does, and for some cause, [Villanueva] stands up there and thinks he is past the legislation,” Luna mentioned. “This isn’t about us as people. It’s concerning the folks we serve, and now we have to provide you with options. We now have to downside clear up and on the finish of the day, what sort of particular person fights and calls folks names to the identical people who management your funds?”
The Related Press contributed to this report.