Independent Collects Almost 30,000 Signatures to Face Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is perhaps the most controversial Sheriff in America right now. He has been accused of corruption and has become a folk hero or villain amongst various groups for his “tough on illegals” approach to illegal immigration.

In 2012, Joe Arpaio is the Republican nominee for Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, again. There is a Democratic nominee in this race, and now an Independent has submitted almost 30,000 signatures to appear on the ballot too.

Arizona has very stringent petition requirements for independent candidates. They need 3% of the number of registered voters who are not members of qualified parties. A few days ago, an independent candidate for Sheriff of Maricopa County submitted 29,764 signatures to meet a requirement of 19,410 signatures. The candidate is Mike Stauffer. He is a registered independent with 29 years of law enforcement experience, and he hopes to defeat the likely Republican nominee, incumbent Joe Arpaio, in November. Stauffer’s web page is www.votestauffer.com.

Maricopa County contains almost 60% of Arizona’s population, and includes Phoenix and many other fairly large cities.

Joe Arpaio has been the Sheriff of Maricopa County since 1992, having been re-elected 5 times. He has never taken less than 55% of the vote.

12 thoughts on “Independent Collects Almost 30,000 Signatures to Face Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  1. Trent Hill Post author

    This is a shit-ton of signatures for a local race. It’s easy to see Arpiao is really hated by non-Republicans.

    This guy ought to try to push the Democrat out of the race.

  2. Thane Eichenauer

    “push the Democrat out of the race”

    I don’t understand what this means.

    As for the race itself I live in Maricopa county, Arizona. I don’t personally hate Joe Arpaio I just find the constant settlements (on average once every 18 months) that he pays for with taxpayer funds to be an indication of relative incompetence.

  3. wolfefan

    I have never understood why people who allegedly love the Constitution have any use for Arpiao.

  4. just asking

    Is this independent candidate for or against British usurpation of the federal government perpetrated by Democrats? What would he do to stifle the overreach of federal power?

  5. Trent Hill Post author

    Thane,

    It means, either actively try to engage him and get him to get out of the race–or spend enough money/organize enough of a campaign to push him to the side.

    A well-run Democratic campaign in this race, will still lose pretty horrifically. A well-run Independent campaigns, appealing to Democrats and dissatisfied Republicans, could win. If he has the money/organization to get 30,000 sigs, I’m guessing he’s serious.

  6. Oranje Mike

    Stauffer’s site has statements that seem to indicate he’s a strict law and order, “the law is law” kinda guy. He sounds like Arpaio without the corruption and circus. A step in the right direction, I guess, but not good enough. I want to know where he stands on law that goes against the Constitution. I don’t want a blind follower of The Law.

    I don’t know much about the Democratic opposition (and I forgot his name) but he seems like a qualified individual and sounds like he could be good for the job. I think he’s a DINO too (don’t quote me). Though I agree that the D next to his name will hurt him. I would never support a Dem for Federal or State office but sheriff is another story.

    I’ll give both a listen and choose the one I think would be best. Arpaio needs to go. He’ll get re-elected as I suspect two other candidates will split the anti-Arpaio vote.

  7. paulie

    Arpaio needs to go. He’ll get re-elected as I suspect two other candidates will split the anti-Arpaio vote.

    No runoff? Could be a ruse.

    I have never understood why people who allegedly love the Constitution have any use for Arpiao.

    Self-delusion, ignorance and hypocrisy.

    Is this independent candidate for or against British usurpation of the federal government perpetrated by Democrats?

    (Snort) (chuckle) (eye roll) Is this independent candidate going to do anything about the impending Martian attack? lol

    I don’t personally hate Joe Arpaio

    I try not to as well, although it’s difficult. I do hate his actions.

    It’s easy to see Arpiao is really hated by non-Republicans.

    For many good reasons.

    Arpaio needs to go.

    Yesterday. He’s the kind of slimy politician who makes people wish the movie Machete was non-fiction. Speaking of which, I heard this awesome film has a sequel coming out.

  8. just asking

    Please post any evidence you’ve collected about a Martian attack. Thanks.

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