The major election — which sends the highest two vote-getters to a November runoff — got here because the sheriff’s division battles with staffing points.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — County Undersheriff Kelly Martinez and former metropolis prosecutor John Hemmerling are headed for a November runoff after rising as the highest two vote-getters within the race for sheriff.
Martinez topped the seven-candidate area in Tuesday’s election to safe a spot on the runoff within the race to succeed longtime sheriff’s division head Bill Gore, who retired earlier this year.
Hemmerling landed in second place to earn a spot within the runoff with Martinez.
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Martinez mentioned that Tuesday’s results “really felt good honestly, because it’s been a long year.” Martinez added that it was encouraging to put to date forward within the race.
Hemmerling mentioned that he would take a look at general marketing campaign technique “to see what we’ll have to do to get a big win in November.”
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The election comes because the sheriff’s division battles with staffing points and continued scrutiny over inmate deaths at its jail services.
A state Auditor’s Office report indicated the loss of life rate at San Diego County jails was far larger than different giant California counties and that the state of affairs “raises concerns about underlying systemic issues with the Sheriff’s Department’s policies and practices.”
Since Gore’s retirement in February, Assistant Sheriff Anthony Ray has served in an interim function, however he’s not operating in Tuesday’s major election.
Martinez is trying to be the division’s first feminine sheriff, following her appointment final year because the division’s first feminine second-in- command.
Martinez, who has served throughout the sheriff’s division since 1985, has Gore’s endorsement, in addition to the backing of County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, amongst others.
She has touted current work within the county to implement non-law enforcement staffed groups to reply to folks experiencing psychological well being crises. Martinez additionally says she’s going to put money into hiring extra medical workers and psychological well being professionals for the county’s jails, and can proceed what she says is a tradition of transparency relating to in-custody deaths and body-worn digital camera footage releases.
Hemmerling was most lately a prosecutor on the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, and likewise beforehand served as a San Diego police officer and U.S. Marine.
Though Hemmerling informed a number of media shops that his retirement final month from the City Attorney’s Office was lengthy within the works and meant to permit him to concentrate on his marketing campaign, he lately got here below fireplace for feedback he made at a candidate discussion board in Ramona, which many seen as anti-transgender. Hemmerling insisted his feedback had been directed at a county ordinance, and weren’t meant to criticize anybody based mostly on their intercourse or gender identification.
Hemmerling says that if elected, he’ll concentrate on behavioral well being providers for these incarcerated in county jails and diversion alternatives to maintain others out of custody. He says he may even concentrate on transparency throughout the division as a way to enhance public belief.
Hemmerling is endorsed by the state and county’s Republican Party, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and retired San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.
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