Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell is leading in the LA Sheriff’s race – at least in fundraising! The Los Angeles Times reports he has raised more than $307,000 in the first few months of campaigning, however his campaign has spent almost $433,000. He’s also grabbed a high profile endorsement from former LA police Chief William Bratton. Chief McDonnell joined the Morning Answer to chat about his candidacy for the County’s top law enforcement spot and his fundraising efforts.
Brian Whitman asked McDonnell where most of his contributions were coming from.
“Most of my contributions are pretty broad-based across the board really, from the business community, regular working people,” McDonnell said.
Brian then asked if he was getting a lot of support from the Sheriff’s Department.
“I’m getting a lot of verbal support. I’m not taking any money from either current LA Sheriff’s Department employees or current Long Beach Police Department employees,” McDonnell made clear.
Ben Shapiro asked McDonnell how he distinguishes himself from the other candidates in the race.
“I bring 33 years of experience both at LAPD for 29 years and Long Beach PD now for four years. I was the president last year of the Los Angeles County Peace Officers Association. Former president of the California Peace Officers Association. Member of the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County. I’m a commissioner on the State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training,” listed off McDonnell. He went on. “I spent a year on the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence examining what’s going on in the jails and the spill over in to the rest of the department. I’ve been a strong proponent of community policing my whole career. And I think I have the education and experience and training to be able to command and hit the ground running and put a great team together and restore public trust in what was a great organization that will be recognized as a great organization here again very soon.”
Click on the player above to hear The Morning Answer crew talk more with Jim McDonnell about what makes him the best candidate for LA Sheriff.