Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva conceded defeat to Robert Luna in Tuesday’s bid for a fourth four-year term as the top police officer.
Villanueva was known for his defiance of vaccine mandates and police defunders. He conceded to his opponent at a press conference.
He said that whenever there was an executive meeting, they would determine the right thing to do and then work out how to make it happen.
Villanueva stated that you can only negotiate on practices but not on principles. “I know that the political climate in LA is exactly the opposite of what it should be, but it’s the right way to go.”
The ex-Sheriff had a message to the media. He thanked them for their patience, and encouraged them to keep speaking truthfully and being the voice for democracy.
He said, “You cannot survive if you only combine it with the political narratives of the establishment.” That is democracy in decline. It’s time to get back to reporting on both sides passionately. Then we’ll all be happier.
The live results of the election were posted by the LA County Registrar Recorder website. Luna received 60% of the vote, Villanueva had 40%.
The County charter was amended with 70.6 percent approval. The County Board of Supervisors has the power to remove an elected sheriff for cause. This includes a violation of law, neglect of duties or misappropriation of money, willful falsification of records, obstruction of an investigation, and a violation of the law.
Luna took to Twitter shortly after Villanueva had conceded.
He said, “Thanks, L.A. County.” “I am deeply honored and humbled to have been elected your next Sheriff. Your vote has given me the clear mandate to lead and hold the Sheriff’s Department accountable. That’s exactly what you have entrusted me with.
Janice Hahn, L.A. County Supervisor, congratulated Luna via Twitter and said, “I stand ready for you to work with me.”
Villanueva stated that he will visit each department in the coming weeks to express his gratitude.
Villanueva stated that every adversity faced during his career propelled him to a larger stage, audience, voice, and platform.
He spoke with that voice to let others know he was defeated.
He said, “Quite the contrary.” “We are walking out of this place with our heads high. The mission was accomplished. We could have used four more years to make it solid, but we set a high standard.