University of San Francisco Hosts Candidate Debate: San Francisco’s Next Sheriff

SAN FRANCISCO — (Oct. 4, 2011)

The University of San Francisco (USF) will host a debate featuring the top three candidates running for San Francisco sheriff on campus Wednesday, October 12 from 6-8 p.m. in USF’s Lone Mountain Conference Center, room 100 (2800 Turk, between Masonic and Parker). This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Participating candidates include Chris Cunnie, Ross Mirkarimi, and Paul Miyamoto. The debate will begin with opening statements from each candidate, followed by questions from moderator Yumi Wilson. Wilson is an assistant professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, and was a reporter and editor at various publications, including the Associated Press and San Francisco Chronicle.

For more than three decades on the job, Mike Hennessey is the only sheriff some San Franciscans have ever known.  Since he has decided not to run, the race for San Francisco’s next sheriff is on. With no incumbent in the running for the first time in 30-years, this promises to be a thrilling race. Hot button issues discussed Wednesday evening will include reforming the county jail system, rehabilitating thousands of nonviolent felons, and the realignment plans for crowded prisons.

“USF is excited to host this debate and provide a forum where voters can really get a sense of the issues, and the candidates themselves,” said Tony Ribera, director of USF’s International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership, and organizer of the sheriff debate. “With the tremendous increase in prisoner population occurring, the strategies of the new sheriff will be critical to San Francisco. Our hope is that this debate will help the voters understand the issues.”

USF’s Lone Mountain campus room 100 is located at 2800 Turk Blvd., between Masonic and Parker in San Francisco. Members of the media are invited to cover this event. Please RSVP to be added to the press list by contacting Anne-Marie Devine or 415.422.2697.

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