- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his re-election bid late Tuesday to challenger former Chief Deputy Vicki Hennessy after an uproar over his sanctuary city policy, which was blamed for the death of a woman in July at the hands of an illegal immigrant.

Ms. Hennessy had said she would ease the policy and rescind Sheriff Mirkarimi’s “gag order” allowing only limited communication or cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Sheriff Mirkarimi came under scrutiny after 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot and killed on Pier 14 by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times but was released from jail even though federal authorities had asked to be notified beforehand.

Lopez-Sanchez later confessed to the killing in a jailhouse interview with KGO-TV, but said it was an accident. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

“Mirkarimi spins himself in circles both rationalizing his policy and refusing to accept responsibility for his part in the circumstances that led to the tragedy. The bottom line: It could happen again with Mirkarimi and his ‘gag rule’ in place,” said the San Francisco Chronicle in its endorsement of Ms. Hennessy.

Ms. Hennessy won with 74,522 ballots casts versus Sheriff Mirkarimi at 40,128. For a full summary of the election results, click here.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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