Arpaio re-elected for sixth term as sheriff of Maricopa County
Republican Joe Arpaio has been declared the winner of the race for Maricopa County Sheriff.
Arpaio defeated Democratic challenger Paul Penzone, a 45-year-old retired Phoenix police sergeant, and independent Mike Staufferand. Arpaio, 80, will now serve his sixth term as Sheriff.
Though Penzone was able to pick up wide support from voters, he struggled with name recognition and was outspent by Arpaio 16 to one. The 45-year-old Democrat had a campaign budget of less than $1 million while Arpaio had $8.5 million—much of it coming from out of state—to spend on his campaign.
“Our sheriff needs to be transparent, he needs to treat everyone with dignity and respect,” Penzone told the Arizona Republic shortly after conceding the win to Arpaio. “People in this community are going to be watching. They’re going to be holding him accountable.”
Arpaio was on trial for allegations of racial profiling and discrimination of Latinos earlier this year. In September, criminal charges against Arpaio for abuse of power were dropped.
Shortly following the announcement Tuesday night, Latino organizations challenged Arpaio’s win, saying 400,000 provisional ballots haven’t been counted.
“The fight is still not over,” Tomas Robles, deputy field director for Promise Arizona in Action, told VOXXI. “There are almost half a million people whose votes haven’t been counted.”
Arpaio re-elected: Latinos faced issues at the polls
Latino leaders from “Adios Arpaio” and “Joe’s Got To Go” campaigns, which have been working to prevent Arpaio’s re-election, also claimed Latino voters faced issues at the polls on Tuesday.
They say many had to wait in long lines and some were turned away because they were told their names were not on the registered voters list. Many were also given provisional ballots, which could take at least a week to count.
“We are not going to allow this injustice to happen,” Robles told VOXXI. “We are going to make sure every vote is counted.”