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State Senator Durazo Endorses Luna for Sheriff

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2022


State Senator Durazo Endorses Luna for Sheriff

Long Beach – California State Senator María Elena Durazo has endorsed Robert Luna to be the next LA County Sheriff. 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 trust Chief Robert Luna to keep our communities safe and restore public trust in the Sheriff’s Office, and I’m proud to endorse him to be the next LA County Sheriff,” said Senator Durazo. “Chief Luna will ensure the Sheriff’s Department is effective in fighting crime, collaborates with the community and is accountable to the public it serves. He’s the right choice for Sheriff.”

Senator Durazo’s powerful endorsement is Chief Luna’s first endorsement since the June 7th primary election, which saw him finish as the top challenger and advance to a runoff election against the incumbent Alex Villanueva.

“I greatly admire Senator Durazo’s leadership in empowering working families and the communities she serves, and I’m honored that she has endorsed my campaign for Sheriff,” said Chief Luna. “With her support, I look forward to the general election campaign and discussing how I can lead the Sheriff’s Department to increase public safety and public trust across Los Angeles County.”

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. The department implemented more than 100 policy changes that improved public safety and reduced officer involved shootings and citizen complaints.

In addition to leading the police department of one of California’s largest cities, Chief Luna has 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.

Senator Durazo joins Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Congressmember Alan Lowenthal, Congressmember Tony Cardenas, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, State Senator Lena Gonzalez, State Assemblymember Lisa Calderon, State Assemblymember Luz Rivas, BizFed, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and many other community leaders and organizations in endorsing Luna’s campaign for Sheriff.

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

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