vote_lede_template.jpgSan Francisco sheriff’s Capt. Paul Miyamoto announced his candidacy for sheriff today in front of about 100 supporters on the steps of City Hall.

Miyamoto, 44, has served in the sheriff’s department for 15 years, and has been endorsed by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, many members of which came out this afternoon to support him.

Other candidates in the race include Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi–who was endorsed by Sheriff Michael Hennessey–as well as David Wong, the former president of the deputy sheriff’s association, and Matt Haskell, a 13-year veteran of the department.

Miyamoto said today that his “breadth of knowledge” and experience at all levels of the sheriff’s department separates him from the other candidates vying to replace Hennessey, who announced in February that he would not be seeking reelection after 31 years in the post.

Miyamoto, a lifelong Democrat, has also received some high-profile endorsements, including former state Sen. Quentin Kopp and two of Mirkarimi’s current and former colleagues–Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty.

His most recent management experience with the sheriff’s department involved leading and implementing inmate rehabilitation programs. He was also responsible for creating the department’s field training manual.

Miyamoto, who grew up in San Francisco and still lives in the city with his wife and five children, said this is his first time running for public office.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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