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CCWFacts
07-19-2011, 9:17 AM
The SF sheriff's office has been the least-competitive elected position anywhere in the world except for perhaps President of North Korea. He has run several times as the only name on the ballot. It is an elected position good for life.

Sheriff Hennessey is now ready to retire. It was expected that Socialist supe Ross Mirkarimi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Mirkarimi) would run unopposed to replace the outgoing Sheriff.

Surprise surprise, there is someone who is not openly socialist who will be running against Supervisor Mirkarimi! Chris Cunnie, who was originally the hand-picked successor, is going to run.

Cunnie was the front-runner until last November, when he got the shattering news that his 20-year-old son, Patrick, had died in a fall in Hawaii, where he was attending college. Cunnie, who was undersheriff at the time, left the office when he got the word and never returned.

Both of them would be awful, but one (not sure which) might be slightly less awful than the other.

And maybe now that the race is getting more competitive some others might consider running?

The problem is that the "sheriff for life" law here in California says that to be eligible to run for sheriff, you need to be a currently employed LEO living in the county you're running in. This means that you can only run by running against your own boss, which everyone knows is not a smart idea. It's even worse in SF where many SF police can't live in the city / county (SF is a unified city / county entity).

Still, maybe there's someone?

chiz
07-19-2011, 1:40 PM
There are three other people that are running also.

yellowfin
07-19-2011, 1:48 PM
Pit the worst against each other and have someone else snatch it away.

OleCuss
07-19-2011, 2:00 PM
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The problem is that the "sheriff for life" law here in California says that to be eligible to run for sheriff, you need to be a currently employed LEO living in the county you're running in. This means that you can only run by running against your own boss, which everyone knows is not a smart idea.
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Fortunately, it doesn't always sort out that way. Last election in this county a city police officer ran against the sheriff (and lost, of course). But at least he wasn't running against his boss.

Oh, and the sheriff really was the better choice.

Andy Taylor
07-19-2011, 3:10 PM
I didn't know about this law.
How is it then that Bret Daniels (former sheriff's deputy, who had been fired, and was working in a mall in the bay area) ran for Sac County Sheriff? One of the other four candidates was Frank Scafidi, who was a retired FBI agent. How did he run?

Gray Peterson
07-19-2011, 3:25 PM
There are other candidates. and there also rank choice voting.

I will post a recommendation soon.

dantodd
07-19-2011, 4:40 PM
I didn't know about this law.
How is it then that Bret Daniels (former sheriff's deputy, who had been fired, and was working in a mall in the bay area) ran for Sac County Sheriff? One of the other four candidates was Frank Scafidi, who was a retired FBI agent. How did he run?

I'm pretty sure you have to be "leo qualified" but not necessarily employed and certainly not in the county for which you are running.