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Controversial Ex-Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, Will Run to Reclaim His Post in Arizona

A former Arizona sheriff who was pardoned by President Trump said he'll run to reclaim the seat he lost in 2016.

By CBS/AP

A former Arizona sheriff who was pardoned by President Trump said he'll run to reclaim the seat he lost in 2016. Joe Arpaio announced his 2020 campaign for Maricopa County sheriff Sunday on the anniversary of his pardon in 2017 from Mr. Trump on a misdemeanor contempt of court conviction for disobeying an order to stop immigration patrols.

The 87-year-old who spent 24 years as "America's Toughest Sheriff" — according to CBS Phoenix, Arizona, affiliate KPHO-TV — said in a statement he would enforce laws dealing with crimes associated with the border and people coming into the country illegally.

"On this day, August 25, 2019, after consultation and approval from my wife of 61 years, Ava, I have decided to run to be re-elected Sheriff. Watch out world! We are back!" he announced.

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