Embattled San Francisco sheriff loses re-election bid

Nov 4, 2015 1:53 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco sheriff caught up in a national debate on immigration reform this summer has lost his bid for re-election by a wide-margin.

Partial returns show Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi losing to retired sheriff's official Vicki Hennessy. She has the backing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and sheriff deputies association.

With more than 90,000 votes counted, Hennessy had 62 percent of the tally compared to just 31 percent for Mirkarimi.

The San Francisco sheriff's office has been in the spotlight since a Mexican national in the country illegally was charged 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. Mirkarimi has vigorously defended the city's sanctuary policies, which generally prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials.


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