Sheriff Joe Announces Campaign to Reclaim Lost Seat
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The conservative firebrand, who avoided prison thanks to a pardon from President Donald Trump, announced Sunday he intends to seek a seventh term in 2020.
Per KIRO 7:
In a news release posted Sunday on Twitter, Arpaio, 87, noted that Aug. 25 is his wife's birthday and also the anniversary of the 2017 presidential pardon issued by President Donald Trump. Arpaio was convicted for contempt in federal court in July 2017 after the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continued to carry out immigration patrols after a judge ordered them halted.
"On this day, August 25, 2019, after consultation and approval from my wife of 61 years, Ava, I have decided to run to be re-elected Sheriff. Watch out world! We are back!" Arpaio wrote in his news release.
Arpaio, who served as Maricopa County Sheriff for 24 years, was defeated in 2016 by Paul Penzone in his re-election bid, KNXV reported.
Arpaio lost to Penzone, a Democrat, by more than 12 points in historically Republican Maricopa County. His loss came after years of antics that wore thin with GOP-leaning voters and despite Donald Trump's nearly 50,000 vote margin of victory there against Hillary Clinton.