Four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to challenge Baca.
Top of the list must be former Sheriff's Commander Bob Olmsted.
Olmsted has 32 years of experience rising through the ranks of the Sheriff's Department. Prior to retiring, Olmsted was charged with the responsibility of investigating alarming reports of misconduct and corruption in the jail system administered by the Sheriff. His outspoken criticism likely earned him the kind of respect from the media that will bolster his campaign.
Olmsted officially launched his campaign on August 14, 2013 with a hard-hitting video. Olmstead's campaign website is www.OlmstedInstead.com, and his FaceBook page provides up to the minute information about the campaign.
Sheriff Baca's former number two man, Paul Tanaka, is the most recent to challenge his boss.
Tanaka was Undersheriff until his resignation in March this year, and the announcement of his campaign to unseat his boss came as no surprise. Tanaka will likely hurl the biggest rocks against Baca, but as many have noted, Baca has plenty of ammunition to return fire. The unsightly melee between the two could benefit Olmstead more than it helps Tanka or Baca. Tanaka's campaign website is www.PaulTanaka.com and, like Olmstead, his FaceBook page carries current campaign news.
Next of the challengers is retired Sheriff's Lieutenant Patrick Gomez.
Gomez retired from the Sheriff's Dept. in 2012 with 31 years of experience. Gomez is no stranger to running for Sheriff; he has two failed campaigns under his belt. Gomez's website is www.PatrickGomezForSheriff.com, and he too has a FaceBook page.
Lou Vince is the last of the challengers.
Vince is a Detective with LAPD with 17 years of experience in law enforcement. Vince was a Reserve Sheriff for four years before joining LAPD. Vince's website is www.LouVince.com and here's a link to his FaceBook page.
As we close this brief review of the challengers, we have not seen a campaign website for Sheriff Baca, although one is likely in the making. The Primary Election is on June 3, 2014 and if Baca fails to win 50% plus one vote, he will face one of the four challengers in the November 4, 2014 General Election.