The L.A. County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA) announced today that it is officially endorsing Sheriff Jim McDonnell in his re-election bid. PPOA went through an exhaustive process to come to this decision.
- Hosting candidate interviews on June 29th
- Hosting a candidates debate on July 23rd
- Conducting public polling
- Conducting membership polling
Yesterday, an endorsement committee consisting of 21 PPOA members from a variety of classifications, both sworn and civilian, met at the PPOA office to tally membership endorsement ballots and discuss viability of both candidates. The discussion was lively and included positives and negatives of each candidate, public polling data, endorsements and impact on PPOA membership.
In the discussion, the endorsement committee also considered the following results of membership balloting:
Total ballots mailed: 7,389
Endorse JIM McDONNELL: 394
Endorse ALEX VILLANUEVA: 365
No endorsement: 115
After considering all criteria above, the committee recommended an endorsement for Jim McDonnell. The PPOA board of directors voted to support that recommendation.
“The board examined the pros and cons for both candidates,” states PPOA President Brian Moriguchi. “We believe Jim McDonnell is the better candidate to lead this department.”