Former Maricopa County Sheriff Launches Mayoral Campaign

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) on Wednesday announced he is running for mayor of Fountain Hills, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix.

The 89-year-old Arpaio is best known for his aggressive and unorthodox immigration enforcement as sheriff, a distinction that earned him several civil rights lawsuits over the course of his career.

In a statement on Twitter, Arpaio said he “has led a lifetime of service to country and community and wants to continue serving in the community he knows best.”

“Among his priorities as Mayor, Arpaio will focus on attracting new businesses to the city to create jobs and economic growth and continue his fight against illegal immigration, human smuggling and drug trafficking,” continues the statement.

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