Joe Arpaio was a controversial sheriff in Arizona’s Maricopa Country from 1993 through 2017. His methods, considered colorful by some, were frequently criticized as barbaric and racially motivated. Arpaio lost his last election, in 2016, to Democrat Paul Penzone by a 13% margin.
Since his departure from office, Arpaio has been an ally to President Donald Trump and campaigns for Republican causes in Arizona. The former sheriff, who is now 87 years old, is hoping to use that relationship with Trump as he again runs for office in 2020.
The relationship with Trump has already come in handy for Arpaio. In 2017, the former sheriff was convicted of criminal contempt. Arpaio was accused of racial profiling, then refusing to stop profiling once the practice was revealed. The President used his power to pardon Arpaio later in the year.
A statement from the White House read, “Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is (a) worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
Arpaio made the announcement that he will run again via his Twitter feed. Echoing the language commonly used by the President, the former sheriff wrote, “Joe Arpaio announces 2020 bid for 7th term as Sheriff. Thousands want me to run for Sheriff. Today Aug 25 announcing run for Sheriff Important day for me. Wife’s Birthday & Pres Trump Pardoned me. Ready for bruising, bitter campaign. Never back down.”
Joe Arpaio announces 2020 bid for 7th term as Sheriff.
Thousands want me to run for Sheriff. Today Aug 25 announcing run for Sheriff Important day for me. Wife's Birthday & Pres Trump Pardoned me. Ready for bruising, bitter campaign. Never back down.https://t.co/4dkuVCtCUa
— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 25, 2019
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