Crime & Justice

Little-known retired sheriff's lieutenant forces LA sheriff into a runoff

Former lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Alex Villanueva.
Former lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Alex Villanueva.
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Alex Villanueva retired earlier this year after serving in the sheriff's department for more than 30 years. Sheriff Jim McDonnell outraised him nearly 22 to one, but Villanueava parlayed his $27,000 war chest into a second-place finish in Tuesday's election with 33 percent of the vote.