• Matt Esnayra

LBPD Chief Robert Luna announces bid for LA County Sheriff

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Soon-to-be former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna announced Wednesday he will run for Los Angeles County Sheriff in 2022.

Why it matters: Luna's entry would make an already jam-packed race even more competitive by being a high-profile candidate with a legitimate shot to oust Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

  • Luna dubbed himself an "outsider" at his press conference and said he wants to "change the culture," of LASD per LAist.

  • As Luna spoke, members of Black Lives Matter assembled behind him, brandishing signs that read "Don't Let Luna Fail Up!" and "LUNA FAILD LONG BEACH HE Will FAIL ALL OF LA COUNTY."

  • "Me, as the chief of police, I've been pushing vaccinations," and "that's the way we're going to end this pandemic and the city is moving toward mandates," Chief Luna said, per the Post.

Keep this in mind: California State Senator Lena Gonzalez endorsed LAX Police Chief Cecil Rhambo in October but was seen behind Luna during his press conference.

  • Villanueva's tenure has been fought with criticism over his public clashes with the LA County Board of Supervisors, his refusal to enforce stay-at-home orders, and mask mandates, as well as the photo scandal over the death of Kobe Bryant.

  • Even with all the controversy, Villanueva is still the favorite to remain in office just for being the incumbent and being a life-long member of the LA County Sheriff's Department.

  • Luna is also competing with several current and former heads of police agencies.

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