Trouble in liberal utopia.
[Ed; In more ways $$$ than one.]
Thank You Dapandico and KPIX.Only two incumbent San Francisco sheriffs have lost re-election in the last 60 years — but Ross Mirkarimi is facing a tough battle Tuesday to avoid being the third.The San Francisco sheriff’s office has been in the spotlight since a Mexican national in the country illegally was accused in the fatal shooting of a San Francisco woman this summer. The man had been released from Mirkarimi’s jail even though federal immigration officials had requested that he be detained.Also, Mirkarimi has endured a series of personal and official embarrassments, including having his driver’s license briefly suspended and flunking a marksmanship test that prevents him from carrying a service weapon.“I’m in the redemption industry,” said Mirkarimi, 54, who launched the Green Party in California before changing his voter registration to Democrat. “I believe in second chances.”His opponent, retired sheriff’s official Vicki Hennessy, 62, is running a low-key campaign — her first — hoping to capitalize on Mirkarimi’s negative image.“The department needs leadership,” Hennessy said. “It needs its credibility restored.”The latest campaign contribution disclosures show that she has raised $286,000 to his $109,000 and won the endorsements of the unions representing the county jail’s sworn officers. Hennessy is also supported by the mayor.Mirkarimi, who served for eight years on the city’s Board of Supervisors, has won the endorsement of the previous sheriff, who served for 32 years before retiring in 2011. Former Mayor Art Agnos also has endorsed Mirkarimi, who points to the success of the jail’s high school and the dramatic reduction of the inmate population as major accomplishments.Hennessy said she was encouraged to enter the race by Mayor Ed Lee and others because of Mirkarimi’s stumbles, which began when he bruised his wife’s arm during a New Year’s Eve argument in 2011.