Meet Joe Arpaio; Candidate For U.S. Senate

Joe Arpiao

Our “Get To Know Your Candidate” series continues. In this ongoing series, we are highlighting candidate for U.S. Senate, Joe Arpaio. Mr. Arpaio is running against Kelli Ward, Martha McSally, Kyrsten Sinema, and Deedra Abboud for the vacant U.S. Senate seat since Jeff Flake is not running for re-election.

Many remember Joe Arpaio as the former Maricopa Sheriff who was recently pardoned by President Trump for his conviction of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants. 

About Joe Arpaio:

“Known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio had a long and decorated career in law enforcement before being elected to Sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953, and as a Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, NV, police officer, Arpaio went on to build a law enforcement career as a federal narcotics agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). For almost a decade, Arpaio was stationed in foreign countries where he headed the DEA combatting the drug trade in which, even by today’s standards, are highly volatile and dangerous in Turkey, the Middle East, Mexico and Central and South America. He was also a diplomatic attaché. In his last years with the DEA, Arpaio also gained invaluable expertise on border issues and enforcement as the head of the DEA in the border states of Arizona and Texas. He concluded his remarkable federal career as head of the DEA for Arizona.

In 1992, Arpaio successfully campaigned to become the Sheriff of Maricopa County, becoming the head of the nation’s third largest Sheriff’s Office which employs over 3400 people. He served an unprecedented six 4-year terms. During his tenure as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arpaio consistently earned high public approval ratings.

In August 1993, he started the nation’s largest Tent City for convicted inmates. Two thousand convicted men and women serve their sentences in a canvas incarceration compound. It was here that Arpaio launched his get-tough policies for inmates. He banned smoking, coffee, movies, pornographic magazines, and unrestricted TV in all jails. It is a remarkable success story that has attracted the attention of government officials, presidential candidates, and media worldwide.

Of equal success and notoriety were his chain gangs, which contributed thousands of dollars of free labor to the community by picking up litter, painting over graffiti and burying the indigent in the county cemetery.

Another program Arpaio was very well known for is the pink underwear he made all inmates wear. Years ago, when the Sheriff learned that inmates were stealing jailhouse white boxers, Arpaio had all inmate underwear dyed pink for better inventory control.

As chief law enforcement officer for the county, Arpaio continued to reduce crime with hard-hitting enforcement methods. He began an all-volunteer posse of 3,000 members, making it the nation’s largest volunteer posse. Posse men and women help in search and rescue and other traditional police work as well as in special operations like rounding up deadbeat parents, fighting prostitution, patrolling malls during holidays and investigating animal cruelty complaints. The posse’s contributions are invaluable and essentially free to taxpayers.

In addition to these tough measures, the Sheriff launched rehabilitative programs like “Hard Knocks High,” the only accredited high school under a Sheriff in an American jail, and ALPHA, an anti-substance-abuse program that has greatly reduced recidivism.

On a personal note, Sheriff Arpaio and his wife Ava have been married for over 56 years and have two children, both residing in the Phoenix area. The Arpaios have four grandchildren.”

The Issues That Joe Arpaio Intends To Focus On:

Border Security / Illegal Immigration

“Securing our border is imperative and as your Senator, I’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure we have the resources to get the job done. Whether it’s physical barriers, more manpower or more technology, we can and must do better to secure our country.”

National Security

“We live in dangerous times with non-traditional threats coming to our shores. As Senator, I will fight to make sure our military has the best training, equipment, and weapons to ensure they can and will defend our country and our interests around the world.”

Taxes and Regulations

“The landmark tax reform bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Trump was an excellent beginning to jump-starting our economy. This will allow people to save, spend and invest the money as they see fit. After all, it’s YOUR money.”

National Debt

“For far too long, Congresses – past and present – have mismanaged our nation’s affairs, pilling trillions of dollars of debt onto current and future generations. We can do better.”

Second Amendment

“In Congress, I will strongly support legislation that protects our Second Amendment and protects our citizens from reckless and irresponsible legislation that attempts to undermine this precious civil right.”

Federal Judges

“As Senator, I will make sure any nominees that come before the Senate are properly vetted, adhere to the US Constitution and believe their role is to interpret laws, not to make laws from the bench.”

This information was provided strictly by the candidate. San Tan Times will not tell you who you should vote for, we simply want you to vote. 

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San Tan Times series on candidates continues in Friday’s edition.