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For 4th time, Arpaio not running for governor

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he will not run for governor, once again ending Arizona’s election-year tradition of the sheriff flirting with the state’s highest office.

Arpaio fueled speculation for months that he would run for governor, but said in a May 3 press release that it was in the best interests of Maricopa County and his constituents that he continues serving as sheriff. He also said he does not want to resign and leave the Board of Supervisors to appoint a replacement.

“I am humbled by the encouragement and outpouring of support for me to run for governor. However, at the same time, so many people have supported my campaign for reelection that I do not want to betray them by running for another office,” Arpaio said in a press statement. “I have come so far and accomplished so much in the past 18 years as sheriff that to leave now just doesn’t make sense.”

Arpaio had considered getting into the governor’s race in 1998, 2002 and 2006, but said the decision on 2010 was the most difficult. At 77 years old, Arpaio had repeatedly said it’s “now or never” for a gubernatorial run, meaning this may be the last year the sheriff publicly flirts with the office.


  1. mickey Spillane

    The man is a pompous, media driven, meglomaniac. I knew that he would not run. Main reason being the Board of Supervisor’s would have the opportunity to replace him. The man is also a buffoon. Should have been defeated long ago. Now, he has a federal grand jury looking into the way that he used his powerful office , along with former Maricopa county prosecutor, Thomas, who is also under federal scrutiny for indicting the head of the Superior court, and two supervisors. Every one of their cases have been thrown out of various court rooms. Arpaio would NOT have won his race for governor. Terry Goddard is an honorable man who has run a stellar political career for Arizona for over 30 years.

  2. The only thing shocking about this tired, oft-repeated story is that the media continues to be played the fool by the terminal narcissist, Sheriff Joke. Will you guys bite again in 2014?

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