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LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell addressing recruits at the Biscailuz Training Academy in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo: Susanica Tam for KPCC)

Alex Villanueva's narrow victory against Jim McDonnell in the 2018 race for L.A. Sheriff marked the first time in nearly a century that an incumbent L.A. sheriff was voted out of office.

At the time of the election, the Sheriff's Department remained under a cloud of scandals from the administration of former Sheriff Lee Baca, on top of issues like officer transparency, racial profiling and a deputy shortage.

McDonnell, who served as sheriff for four years, ran as a leader who was working torestore "the shine to the badge."

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Villanueva, a retired lieutenant, positioned himself as a reformer with a longtime reputation as a maverick.

Our reporter Frank Stoltze wants to know for an upcoming project: How did you vote in the L.A. County Sheriff's race -- and why? We'll read every response, but nothing is shared without your permission.