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Sheriff Joe Considers Entering Governor Race

Sheriff Joe Considers Entering Governor Race

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to reporters at the Sheriffs Training Facility in Phoenix, AZ (AP)

The Arizona Daily Star via YellowBrix

April 09, 2010

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn’t ready to abandon illusions of running for governor just yet.

Arpaio said he was exploring the possibility of determining how much it would cost to hire someone to collect signatures for a petition to get him on the gubernatorial ballot, in case he decides to run.

Arpaio, 77, said the only reason he would not run for governor this year is that he’d be forced to resign as sheriff.

And guess who would name his replacement? None other than the Board of Supervisors.

“I kind of have loyalty to my office after 18 years; do I just leave them hanging and give everything up?” he asked.

The sheriff said he would make a decision by May 1.

Arpaio’s flirtation with the state’s top elected office is nothing new.

He has considered it in each of the past three election cycles. This time, Arpaio claims he is considering it more seriously, in part because his wife, Ava, has encouraged him.

It could be his last opportunity to run for the office.

“I think it’s my senior-citizen status,” he said. “You have to be reasonable, and say wait a minute. If we’re going to do it, let’s do it now, ‘cause I’m going to do it for eight years, so I feel if I’m going to do it, this is the time.”

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