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All 7 Sheriff Candidates from the Primary Endorse Chief Luna for the General Election

For Immediate Release

September 10, 2022


North Hollywood - All seven of the candidates who ran for LA County Sheriff in the June Primary election have endorsed Robert Luna for Sheriff in the runoff election. Luna was joined by five former Sheriff candidates to announce the endorsement at a press conference at the North Hollywood Recreation Center.

The candidates from the Primary endorsing Luna include Sheriff Lieutenant Eric Strong, LAX Police Chief Cecil Rhambo, LA Sheriff Sergeant Karla Yesenia Carranza, Retired Sheriff’s Captain Britta S. Steinbrenner, Law Enforcement Chief Eli Vera, Retired Sheriff’s Captain Matt Rodriguez and Parole Agent April Saucedo Hood.

Luna was Long Beach Police Chief for the past seven years, after being promoted through every rank during his 36-year tenure with the Long Beach Police Department. He was joined by five former Sheriff candidates to announce the endorsement.

Combined, Chief Luna and the seven candidates earned 69.34% of the vote in the June Primary election. Incumbent candidate Alex Villanueva received 30.66% of the vote, the lowest percentage for an incumbent Sheriff in more than 100 years. Luna received 25.85%.

In a joint statement, the candidates said: “We all ran for Sheriff to make LA County safer and bring needed change to the Department. While we all have different backgrounds and views, we are united in supporting Robert Luna for LA County Sheriff. We got to know Chief Luna on the campaign trail during the primary, and we trust him to lead the Sheriff’s Department forward to increase public safety and public trust in all of our communities. We are proud to endorse Chief Luna and urge LA County voters to elect him as our next Sheriff.”

Chief Luna said: “I have the highest respect for all seven of my fellow Sheriff candidates and I’m deeply honored to receive their endorsement. I greatly admire their talents and experience, and their willingness to run as candidates to replace the current Sheriff. With their support, I look forward to campaigning across LA County to bring new leadership and accountability to the Sheriff’s Department.”

In an August poll conducted by UC Berkeley and the LA Times, more than 40% of likely voters said they were supporting Luna, with 29% supporting Villanueva.

Since the Primary, Luna has been endorsed by the LA County Democratic Party, the LA County Federation of Labor and all five LA County Supervisors, in addition to many unions and elected and community leaders. He was previously endorsed by the LA Times, the Daily News and Southern California News Group, the LA County Business Federation, and Mayor Garcia and the entire Long Beach City Council.

The general election will be on November 8, 2022.

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