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AirTalk Local Elections Interviews: Don Barnes & Duke Nguyen face off for Orange County Sheriff

Oct 5, 2018

A sheriff's deputy votes at a polling station at the Big Bear Christian Center in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016.

A sheriff’s deputy votes at a polling station at the Big Bear Christian Center in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016.; Credit: BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images

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Two names will appear on the ballot for Orange County Sheriff this November 6: Don Barnes and Duke Nguyen.

Barnes is the current O.C. undersheriff who has the endorsement of incumbent Sandra Hutchens — and was just shy of winning her seat outright in the June 5 primary.

But Nguyen, a public integrity investigator at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, came in at a surprising 31.1 percent of the vote, placing Barnes at 49.4 percent and pushing candidate number three, Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington, out of the final race. This year’s midterm primary voter turnout was also the largest turnout for the county in more than thirty years.

Both Barnes and Nguyen return to AirTalk as the remaining candidates for Orange County Sheriff, this time in a head to head debate over their platforms and what they’ll bring to the table to handle the county’s growing homeless encampments, the jailhouse informant scandal and more.

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Guests:

Don Barnes, Orange County Undersheriff; he tweets @DonBarnesOC

Duke Nguyen, investigator for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and candidate for Orange County Sheriff

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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