Robert Luna will be the next Los Angeles County Sheriff as Alex Villanueva conceded the race Tuesday, after falling behind in the polls.
In the most recent poll results, Monday, showed Luna with 987,730 votes (59.84%) and Villanueva with 662,893 votes (40.16%), a difference of 324,837 votes.
“It’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Los Angeles County for 36 years and the last four as your Sheriff,” Villanueva said in a briefing Tuesday. “I want to wish the incoming Sheriff well. I want him to succeed for a simple reason, the safety of the community depends on him succeeding. The welfare of every person in the department depends on him succeeding.”
After Sheriff Villanueva made his announcement, Robert Luna thanked voters and released a statement, saying:
“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. And that’s exactly what I will do.
“I want to offer my best wishes to Sheriff Villanueva and his family.
“And I look forward to working with the talented and courageous sworn and professional staff of the Sheriff’s Department who are dedicated to keeping our communities safe.”
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