Two years after being pardoned by President Trump, former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he will run for sheriff again in 2020, according to the Washington Times. It will be Arpaio’s seventh term as sheriff if he is elected.
He served as sheriff from 1993 to 2016. He lost that election after a contempt of court charge that came from continuing to arrest immigrants he suspected had entered the United States illegally in defiance of an order not to do so.
“The last four years have proven to be a time of lost opportunities to continue the kind of tough policing this county needs,” he wrote. “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.”
Arpaio claimed in a tweet that “thousands” of people want him to run. He announced his candidacy on the same day Trump pardoned him two years ago, which he also said was his wife’s birthday.
It’s a grave injustice that Arpaio was criminally charged mainly for trying to enforce immigration laws. How has that become illegal?
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