- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2014

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the law enforcement local known nationwide for his tough treatment of inmates and illegals alike, said that he’s mulling a run for governor of Arizona.

The Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio committee put out a press release this week, saying the six-term sheriff raised more than $3.5 million last year for his re-election to the local office at a time when his critics were pushing the hardest.

“We continue to be blown away by the depth and breadth of support for Sheriff Joe,” said Chad Willems, Mr. Arpaio’s campaign manager, in the release reported by the Huffington Post. “These members tell the story that the sheriff and his policies are more popular than ever.”

Mr. Arpaio has served as sheriff since 1993, but now, he’s thinking of move up the political ladder.

“Every four years, my supporters encourage me to run for governor,” Mr. Arpaio said, in the Huffington Post. “Based on these fundraising numbers and knowing I could be competitive. I will have to give it serious consideration.”

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