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Joe Arpaio is running for 6th term

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed his nomination petition signatures to run for a sixth term.

Arpaio’s office announced Wednesday that he submitted more than 15,000 signatures from Republican and Independent voters throughout the county.

That figure is more than four times the required number of signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has been a national political fixture.

Arpaio has built his reputation on jailing inmates in tents and dressing them in pink underwear. He also sells himself to voters as being unceasingly tough on crime.

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2 comments

  1. Sherifff Arpaio is not tough on crime, otherwise 432 sex crimes cases would have been investigated, many involving children. He is primarily seeking publicity for himself and to build and protect “the legacy” he says he has. It is enraging that 15,000 voters who signed his petitions are blind to his actions or lack thereof.

  2. I still believe that he somehow stuffs the ballot or fakes all the signatures. I live in Maricopa County and I never once came across someone asking for Sheriff Joe signatures. Maybe they don’t tell people the truth about what they are signing. I had a guy outside our local library with 6 different petitions being signed and he only knew what the first 3 were for, the bottom 3 didn’t even have the titles written in on the page. And of those sex crime cases that didn’t get handled, my ex is one of the ones who slipped through the cracks of the system. Career criminal accused of molesting his step daughter plus CPS investigation, yet he wasn’t arrested and charges weren’t filed. And not for lack of evidence or case information. Now he has custody of his youngest daughter in another state. Yea, Sheriff Joe has done a bang up job.

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