Beaten in last 3 races, Arpaio running for mayor of suburb

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Lost in his last three elections, six-time former Sheriff Joe Arpio is attempting another comeback, this time running for mayor of the thriving Phoenix suburb, where he has lived for the past two decades.

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The former lawmaker on Tuesday announced his entry into the 2022 mayoral race in Fountain Hills, a city of about 25,000 people on the northeast edge of metro Phoenix.

After being crushed by a Democratic challenger in 2016 as a 24-year-old sheriff, Arpaio finished third in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2018 and second in the GOP primary in his 2020 bid to win back the sheriff’s position. stay in place. In both withdrawal attempts, Arpaio lost the vote in Fountain Hills.


In an interview, Arpio said that his previous return bids failed because he entered those races too late in the election cycle and that his early entry into the mayoral race is an attempt to avoid the same fate.

He rejects criticism that he should walk away from public life. The 89-year-old said he was in good health and wanted to pursue a pro-business agenda on behalf of the city. “It’s not for me to retire,” Arpio said.

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According to his latest campaign finance report, Arpio, a skilled political fundraiser who spent more than $12 million in his 2016 sheriff’s campaign, has $284,000 in campaign money.

Arpio was voted out as sheriff in 2016, following voter frustration over his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles, including disobeying a judge’s 2011 order to halt his traffic patrols, which led to His criminal contempt of court sentence in 2017 was waived by then. -President Donald Trump

Before the federal government and courts stripped him of immigration powers, Arpio led 20 massive traffic patrols that targeted immigrants and over 80 to bust people working in the United States without permission. Do more commercial raids.

While his defiant streak did well with voters for many years, Arpio faced heavy criticism for taking policies he knew were controversial and racking up $147 million in taxpayer-funded legal bills. Was doing.

Although he billed himself as the toughest sheriff in America, his agency thwarted an investigation into more than 400 sex-crime complaints made in his office.

Fountain Hills does not operate a police department and instead contracts with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.


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