Ross Mirkarimi files to run for sheriff in San Francisco 

Ross Mirkarimi, who currently represents District 5 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, filed papers Tuesday morning around 11:30 am with the Department of Elections to run for sheriff.

Mirkarimi made it official just days after Sheriff Mike Hennessey announced to his staff he would not seek re-election, after holding the post for more than three decades.

To a group of reporters gathering outside of the department, Mirkarimi said he wants to “build on the legacy” of Hennessey and his “innovative programs.” Mirkairmi said he wants to bring more attention to the sheriff post and do more to address The City’s high recidivism rate, which at 78 percent, is among the highest in the state of California.

Should Mirkarimi win, it would be up to the mayor to appoint a replacement on the Board of Supervisors to serve out Mirkarimi’s term.

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