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Joe Arpaio aims to win back his old job

Joe Arpaio
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Controversial lawman running for Maricopa County Sheriff again

PHOENIX, Ariz (KYMA, KECY) - Joe Arpaio is trying to win back the job he held for 24-years.

Arpaio hopes voters will return him to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. But first, the controversial former lawman will face 3 Republican opponents in the August 4th primary election; Jerry Sheridan, Mike Crawford, and Lehland Burton. 

Sheridan was Arpaio's top aide in the sheriff's office. He too was found in contempt of court in 2013. Both faced federal charges for refusing to stop immigration patrols even after a court order. President Donald Trump granted the former sheriff a pardon within months of his conviction. Sheridan did not receive similar treatment.

Should Arpaio triumph in August, he'll go on to face the man who trounced him in 2016, Democrat Paul Penzone. Sheriff Penzone went on to dismantle many of the programs Arpaio put in place, including taking down the former sheriff's infamous tent city.

The 88-year-old lawman is promising voters, if elected, he'll bring it all back, including the tents and the immigration patrols.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director in September of 2019, but she and her family have a long history in the Desert Southwest. Her grandmother first moved to Yuma in the late 1940’s, and Lisa got her first job in TV news at KYMA in 1987.

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