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LA sheriff’s race: Can outsider Jim McDonnell overcome tradition?




Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell says its time for an outsider like him to run the troubled LA County Sheriff's Department.
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell says its time for an outsider like him to run the troubled LA County Sheriff's Department.
Frank Stoltze/KPCC

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The race to succeed Sheriff Lee Baca is pretty wide open, but one candidate is attracting support from prominent elected officials and the law enforcement community.

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell once said there was no way he'd run for sheriff. But KPCC's Frank Stoltze says he changed his mind after incumbent Lee Baca suddenly decided to retire.