Lee Baca

A veteran lieutenant announces candidacy for L.A. County sheriff, the first to challenge Jim McDonnell

A veteran lieutenant announces candidacy for L.A. County sheriff, the first to challenge Jim McDonnell

Three years ago, candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff jostled over who had the best claim to be the type of “outsider” who could clean up a department mired in jail abuse and corruption scandals.

Alex Villanueva says it’s time to flaunt being an insider again.

Standing next to the East Los Angeles station where he once served as a young deputy, Villanueva, now a lieutenant, said Wednesday that his three-decade tenure with the agency gives him the insight needed to improve the department.

He is the first to challenge incumbent Jim McDonnell in next year’s election. McDonnell, who had served as Long...

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