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Jim McDonnell for L.A. County sheriff
Jim McDonnell for L.A. County sheriff

With seven candidates in the June primary race for Los Angeles County sheriff, there was little chance that any one of them would win more votes than the other six combined — the very high bar for taking the election outright and preventing a runoff. Yet Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell came close. With a solid record in law enforcement and a bold, well-thought-out plan for reform of the troubled Sheriff's Department, McDonnell won more than 49% of ballots cast and now faces former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka on Nov. 4. McDonnell was the right choice then, when the field was larger, and he's all the more clearly the right choice now. Tanaka is closely linked with a...

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