Miyamoto Concedes

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SAN FRANCISCO — Paul Miyamoto, a candidate for sheriff of San Francisco, conceded defeat in a message to his supporters on Thursday.

The latest returns from Tuesday’s election show Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in first place with 64,462 votes (38.05 percent), followed by former Undersheriff Chris Cunnie with 47,986 (28.32 percent) and Miyamoto with 46,349 (27.36 percent).

Under the ranked-choice voting system, the results won’t be final until a candidate has passed the 50-percent mark, but Mirkarimi’s lead was solid enough to allow him to declare victory.

Miyamoto, a captain in the Sheriff’s Department and the only current law enforcement officer in the race, said, “I have heard it said that sometimes it is not where we end up that matters, but the journey that takes us there. It appears that from the numbers being released by the DOE (Department of Elections) that our journey together over these past months is coming to an end.

“Please know in my heart that I will always be grateful for ALL of your help and support, and will cherish our journey together. I look forward to continuing to work with each of you to build on the ties we have forged with the community and with each other during this election.

“For those of you who are a part of our Sheriff’s Department family, I hope that we will remain united in our commitment to one another, to the Sheriff’s Department, and to San Francisco, as we help the new administration continue our department’s legacy of success. Thank you everyone for a very special journey.”

In January, Mirkarimi will succeed Michael Hennessey, who is retiring after three decades in office.

Mirkarimi, whose district includes Japantown, will be leaving the Board of Supervisors a year early, and Mayor Ed Lee will appoint an interim replacement. An election for the District 5 seat will be held a year from now.

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