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The race for L.A. County sheriff

Seven candidates are running to become the next sheriff of Los Angeles County. They are retired Undersheriff Paul Tanaka; Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell; Assistant Sheriff James Hellmold; Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers; Bob Olmsted, a retired sheriff's commander; Patrick Gomez, a retired sheriff's lieutenant; and Lou Vince, a senior detective supervisor with the LAPD.

The election is June 3.

Here is some recent Times coverage of the campaign and related issues.

  • Outsider could end 100-year tradition by becoming L.A. County sheriff

    Outsider could end 100-year tradition by becoming L.A. County sheriff

    The last time an outsider was elected Los Angeles County sheriff, posses tracked bandits into the hills of Glendora, Charlie Chaplin had just hit movie screens and Angelenos were watching anxiously as World War I began in Europe. Since the election of 1914, county voters have consistently favored...

  • L.A. County sheriff candidate Todd Rogers says he's gone 'by the book'

    L.A. County sheriff candidate Todd Rogers says he's gone 'by the book'

    Todd Rogers saw his life before him, and things looked pretty good. He had completed his student teaching and had been offered a job teaching social studies and coaching the junior varsity girls softball team at Carson High, his alma mater. "It was all coming together," he said. Then he went on...

  • Bob Olmsted 'going after the grass roots' in L.A. sheriff's race

    Bob Olmsted 'going after the grass roots' in L.A. sheriff's race

    He has no high-profile endorsements. His last name is often misspelled. And many voters have no idea he's the guy who spoke publicly of inmate abuse and ordered up audits of jail brutality nearly two years before former Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged there was an issue. Bob Olmsted shrugs. "I'm...

  • Jim McDonnell cites fresh perspective as L.A. County sheriff candidate

    Jim McDonnell cites fresh perspective as L.A. County sheriff candidate

    On his first day as chief of the Long Beach Police Department, Jim McDonnell stepped into hostile territory. Many police officers were opposed to a chief from the outside, especially one from the LAPD. McDonnell had landed the job over several well-respected internal candidates. When McDonnell...

  • Paul Tanaka leads in fundraising in L.A. County sheriff's race

    Paul Tanaka leads in fundraising in L.A. County sheriff's race

    Retired Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has raised more than $900,000, maintaining his lead in the race for dollars among seven candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff. Less than a week before the June 3 primary, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell was second with about $760,000 and Assistant Sheriff...

  • Sheriff's candidate James Hellmold isn't running from his past

    Sheriff's candidate James Hellmold isn't running from his past

    After 25 years in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, where he rose to assistant sheriff, and with a father who served as a deputy for more than three decades and a mother who worked for the agency as a civilian, James Hellmold is not running from his past. "I'm an insider 100%," he said. Some...

  • In Sheriff's Dept. trial, all fingers point to Baca

    In Sheriff's Dept. trial, all fingers point to Baca

    Less than a week after failing to convince a jury that a young Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy obstructed a federal investigation into the county jails, prosecutors faced a second panel Tuesday with the same facts in an attempt to convince jurors that six others in the department had indeed...

  • County supervisors vote to require electronic campaign finance data

    County supervisors vote to require electronic campaign finance data

    Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to require candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, allowing the public to see them quicker. The supervisors -- with the exception of Gloria Molina, who was absent -- voted unanimously in favor of the new rule, which county officials...

  • At election time, unincorporated areas are a force to be reckoned with

    At election time, unincorporated areas are a force to be reckoned with

    Kim Martin's small neighborhood on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County is entirely surrounded by Claremont. But in governance, politics and aesthetics, it's miles apart from the verdant, pristinely regulated college town known as "the city of trees and PhDs." The high standards of Claremont's...

  • Ex-L.A. County undersheriff, current captain are subjects of inquiry

    Ex-L.A. County undersheriff, current captain are subjects of inquiry

    The former undersheriff and a current captain of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department are subjects in an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county's jails, a federal prosecutor said Monday. The revelations about Paul Tanaka, formerly the department's...

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