“I want to wish the incoming sheriff well,” said soon-to-be-former Sheriff of Los Angeles County Alex Villanueva via a press conference today. “I want him to succeed for a simple reason, the safety of the community depends on him succeeding, the welfare of every single person in the department depends on him succeeding.”
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk posted the most recent update today, November 15, 2022 2:41:22 p.m. Villanueva’s opponent has received over 1 million votes, currently standing at 1,040,727 to the incumbent who has fallen short at 693,527 votes
Luna will take the reins of the Sheriff’s Department in the coming months. “Thank you L.A. County,” he said via statement on his social media platforms. “I’m deeply honored and humbled that you have elected me as your next Sheriff. With your vote, you have entrusted me with a clear mandate to bring new leadership and accountability to the Sheriff’s Department.”
He also offered the outgoing sheriff and his family “best wishes.”
— Robert Luna (@lunaforsheriff) November 15, 2022
Mr. Luna, 56, grew up in East Los Angeles and had worked for the Long Beach Police Department for three decades. A longtime Republican, he switched to no party preference a few years ago and then registered as a Democrat in 2020 and campaigned this year for the nonpartisan office as the antithesis to Sheriff Villanueva.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva is the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County and a 35-year veteran of the Department. He currently commands the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States. He was the first candidate to defeat an incumbent sheriff in more than 100 years. Now Luna becomes the second to stake claim of this achievement.