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.