3rd Comeback Attempt Is Not the Charm for Joe Arpaio

He was running for mayor of Fountain Hills
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 11, 2022 12:00 AM CDT
Joe Arpaio Loses in His 3rd Comeback Attempt
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, poses for a photograph in front of his campaign vehicle as he is running for the position of Maricopa County Sheriff again, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Fountain Hills, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Arizona sheriff who was a once powerful figure in Republican politics but was ousted nearly six years ago amid frustration over his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles, was defeated Wednesday in a race for mayor of the affluent suburb where he has lived for more than two decades. His defeat in the mayor’s race in Fountain Hills against two-term incumbent Ginny Dickey marks Arpaio’s third failed comeback bid since his 2016 loss after serving 24 years as the sheriff of Maricopa County, the AP reports. The political stakes of running in Fountain Hills, a Republican-heavy town of 24,000, were much lower for Arpaio than when he served as the top law enforcer of a county of more than 4 million people.

Arpaio was crushed by a Democratic challenger in 2016 and was convicted the next year of criminal contempt of court for disobeying a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, though he was later pardoned by then-President Trump. Arpaio then finished third in a Republican primary for a US Senate seat in 2018 and second in the GOP primary in a 2020 bid to win back the sheriff’s post. In his first two comeback attempts, Arpaio lost the vote in Fountain Hills. Arpaio, a skilled political fundraiser who spent more than $12 million in his 2016 sheriff’s campaign, has shelled out $161,000 in the mayor’s race—six times the amount spent by Dickey.

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