Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he's running for US Senate this year. He joins a field featuring Republican Dr. Kelli Ward and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as they will all attempt to replace Senator Jeff Flake. Flake announced he wasn't seeking re-election for the seat last year.
I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again. https://t.co/ANppBdDOtp— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) January 9, 2018
Arpaio told the Washington Examiner, “I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump. I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway.”
Not only is he pro-Trump, he received a pardon from the president during his criminal contempt of court trial in Phoenix. Arpaio was accused of ignoring a federal judge's order to stop the Maricopa County Sheriff Department's immigration patrol. Arpaio lost his re-election bid for Sheriff in 2016. He had served six terms in that office. Arpaio, 85, is known as a prolific fundraiser.
Many political insiders are watching this race closely because it could flip from Republican to Democrat.