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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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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    He would make a good Governor, but the citizens would loose a valuable asset to the LE community.

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    bluelinefarms

    over 4 years ago

    310 Comments

    the only man tough enough to cut Chuck Norris' beard is Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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    skascooter007

    over 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    I'll vote for Joe, I want this man for PRESIDENT - He keeps his word (unlike Obama) he is tough and he can save money. Also he treats the criminal element like they want to be treated, like criminals.. JOE FOR PRESIDENT

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Come to Texas and run for Governor. We don't have any good options this time around. Sure wish I lived in Arizona. He'd get my vote for sure.

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    copdog5515

    over 4 years ago

    562 Comments

    Dont stop at Gov. Go for President Joe.

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    buck63

    over 4 years ago

    324 Comments

    Sheriff Joe, we want you to come to Mississippi and run for Governor or better yet be our Chief

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    patchboy

    over 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    I love this guy. I just wish he wasn't as old as he is. I hate to see him become too old to continue being sheriff or any other public official.

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    You rock Sheriff Joe. I think you would make a cool governor.

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    kowa

    over 4 years ago

    566 Comments

    Makes me wish I was an AZ resident!!

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    HEYSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Do it !!!!!

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    BklynsFinest347

    over 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    GO JOE!!

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    ps4436

    over 4 years ago

    352 Comments

    K9inAZ, unfortunately, you nailed it on the head. I love what he's done for the jails, but there's the other side that isn't really spoken about in the press. So, he should just stay as sheriff, and take his well earned retirement.He's done a remarkable job with the jails, no one can take that away from him.

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    Barbrady

    over 4 years ago

    394 Comments

    Run for president!

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    Patrolman25

    over 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    More power to ya Joe!

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    AZmeangreen

    over 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Joe's got my vote. Good riddance to Napolitano, no thanks Terry Goddard, don't let it hit ya Jan Brewer.

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