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San Diego CountyCandidate for Sheriff

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John "Gundo" Gunderson

Police Captain
41,800 votes (6.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work with other local elected officials and community groups to remove homeless encampments from parks, walking trails, and other prominent public areas
  • Revamp the culture of the Sheriff's Department to reduce jail deaths, improve customer service & community engagement, increase morale, and attract new employees
  • Create community based court system for more local control and greater accountability to ensure laws are upheld and persons who commit crimes answer for their actions, and to keep us from becoming the next LA or San Fran if a radical DA gets elected.



National University - San Diego Masters, Public Administration (2014)
National University - San Diego Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice Administration (2008)
Miramar College Associate of Arts, Psychology (1997)


I am running for Sheriff of San Diego County because I love living in, and being a part of, the San Diego Community and I wish to use my skills and experience to continue to improve the County for future generations.  


I have been in law enforcement in one capacity or another for 31 years.  I started as an Explorer Scout, worked as a Dispatcher, a Deputy Sheriff, a Police Officer, and a District Attorney Investigator.  During my career, I have spent time working for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego Police Department, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, the San Mateo Narcotics Task Force, and the Redwood City Police Department.  As a sworn officer, I have held assignments in Jails, Patrol, Detectives, SWAT, Witness Protection, Marine & Aviation Units, Records, Communications, Property, Training, Motorcycle Traffic Unit, and Administration.  I have worked my way through the ranks and currently hold the title of Police Captain.


I have lived in San Diego since 1993, except for a few years spent in San Bernardino and northern California.  I graduated from Miramar Community College with an AA degree in Psychology, and National University – San Diego with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  My wife and I raised three kids in San Diego, all of whom attended local public schools.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The Office of the Sheriff is a non-partisan position, and for good reason.  The next Sheriff needs to be someone who can unite persons from all parts of our society, not just from one side or the other.  I believe in being a Sheriff for the people, not the politicians.  

Videos (2)

— April 28, 2022 My World Productions

Candidate's viewpoint on campaign financing.

— April 28, 2022 My World Productions

A brief statement on why I am running for Sheriff of San Diego County.

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