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Arpaio to announce whether he’ll run for governor

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans to announce Monday whether he’ll run for governor.

Arpaio had toyed with running for governor in 1998, 2002 and 2006, but decided against it.

If Arpaio decides to run for governor, Arizona law would require him to resign immediately because he isn’t in the final year of his current term as sheriff.

The 77-year-old Republican has served five terms as sheriff.

Arpaio’s last campaign finance report showed he had raised $1.2 million in campaign money.

Candidates for governor include Democratic state Attorney General Terry Goddard and Republicans Gov. Jan Brewer, state Treasurer Dean Martin, Tucson attorney John Munger and Yavapai County businessman Buz Mills.

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3 comments

  1. I believe that age-wise, and the potential for him reaching a senile state while in office, would not be in the best interest of our state to have him as Governor. Also his military, law enforcement dictatorial background with a “yes sir, no sir, heel-clicking behavior” attitudes would surely be detrimental to the State and render him useless for the position. A successful Governor requires him/her to be an intelligent, consensus builder type, not a dictatorial “my way, or else” attitude type.

    But I just wonder if all of our rural, over 55 folks in Arizona who possess the same mentality as Sheriff Joe would give Joe the votes and leverage he needs to affor him a tough race for his opponents.???

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