WILL SEEK SEVENTH TERM FOLLOWING 2016 DEFEAT
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 25, 2019) — On Sunday evening, former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio announced on Twitter that he will seek to return to his former position for seventh term in November 2020.
In 2016, Arpaio sought reelection as the county’s top law-enforcement officer, which, had he not been defeated by Democrat Paul Penzone, would have been a seventh consecutive term.
Arpaio, 87, had sought a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018 but was defeated in the Republican primary.
The announcement comes on the second anniversary of his pardon by President Trump after a conviction for misdemeanor contempt of court stemming from a long-running racial-profiling case.
August 25 is also his wife Ava’s birthday, the press release accompanying the Twitter announcement states.
“Sheriff Arpaio and his wife realize that during the past several years, his opponents, activists and political figures on the Left, have utilized slanderous attacks on him through the fake and biased news media to try and keep him from being heard, but these efforts have failed,” the press release reads. “However, he expects these attacks will continue in full force, even more so with today’s announcement.”
Arpaio was quoted as having said, “The last four years have proven to be a time of lost opportunities to continue the kind of tough policing this county needs. Once back in office, I will use my position to restore pride to our law enforcement ranks, not only here, in the fourth-largest county in America, but across the country.”
Although residing in Arizona for many years, Arpaio originally hails from Springfield, MA, a point Arpaio discussed with this writer in a brief interview connected with his Senate run as a result of our close proximity to his home city.