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LA County Democratic Party endorses Robert Luna for Sheriff

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2022


LA County Democratic Party endorses Robert Luna for Sheriff

Long Beach – The Los Angeles County Democratic Party endorsed Robert Luna to be the next LA County Sheriff. The Democratic Party’s official endorsement is a major milestone in Luna’s campaign for Sheriff, and comes after he secured the endorsements of all five LA County Supervisors and the powerful union SIEU Local 721 earlier this week.

The Democratic Party’s endorsement of Chief Luna also represents a reversal from the 2018 election, when the Party endorsed Alex Villanueva. This time, Luna won 80% of votes from LA County Democratic Central Committee delegates, with the incumbent Villanueva receiving 10% in a vote held on Tuesday night. 60% was required to earn the party’s endorsement.

“As we look to a new era of policing and accountability for those who are sworn to protect and serve, we are proud to support former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna for Los Angeles County Sheriff,” said LA County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez.

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.

“I’m very proud to be the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for LA County Sheriff,” said Chief Luna. “This endorsement means a lot and I want to thank the LA County Democratic Party Central Committee delegates for their confidence in me. I am deeply honored to represent the Democratic Party in this election.”

In Los Angeles County, there are 2,998,541 registered Democratic voters, representing a majority of registered voters in the County. 1,306,317 voters are registered as No Party Preference, and 962,562 voters are registered as Republican, according to the California Secretary of State’s Report of Registration as of May 23, 2022.

As Police Chief, Luna led the Long Beach Police Department towards community-centered police policies and practices modeled by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing established by President Obama. Chief Luna also worked with law enforcement agencies across the nation on the Executive Board of the Major City Chiefs Association.

Growing up in unincorporated East Los Angeles, an area patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department, Luna saw examples of both good and bad policing, which inspired him to start a career in law enforcement and shaped his philosophy on relationship-based policing specifically in communities of color.

Chief Luna has also been endorsed by Congressmembers Nanette Barragan, Tony Cárdenas, Judy Chu, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Linda Sanchez and Brad Sherman; State Senators María Elena Durazo, Lena Gonzalez and Anthony Portantino; Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assemblymembers Lisa Calderon, Adrin Nazarian, Patrick O’Donnell and Luz Rivas; Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara; Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and the entire Long Beach City Council; BizFed, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and many other community leaders and organizations.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Chief Luna in an editorial published on May 8, and the Southern California News Group newspapers endorsed in an editorial published on May 15.

The general election will be on November 8, 2022.

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