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This story has been updated to reflect that Paul Miyamoto is the first metro-area sheriff of Asian American sin California history.

SAN FRANCISCO – The first Asian American sheriff of a large California county walks over to a closet inside his City Hall office to stow some equipment, then takes a seat behind a large desk.

“San Francisco is very forward-thinking in terms of social justice issues, including the clashes with the federal government these days,” he says.

Nationally, Asian American and Pacific Islander citizens represent 6% of the population and about 4% of the electorate.

“We need more Asian Americans who are willing to put themselves out there for public service,” says Yu-Robinson.

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