Arizona candidates line up to replace US Senator Jeff Flake in Congress

The sheriff is back in town! Well, actually he has always been here in Fountain Hills, the former sheriff Joke Arpaio, did I say joke? That must have been a slip. It’s Joe. He plans on running for the US Senate!

Yes, that one guy who has a misdemeanor contempt conviction, oh never mind, that was pardoned by Donald Trump.

Arpaio, who is now a ripe young 85, lost his last bid for sheriff of Maricopa County in November when he was beat by Democrat Paul Penzone in the general election. It was the first time in 24 years Arpaio lost, in case you didn’t know. At the time, he was the longest-serving sheriff in Maricopa County history.

So the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, the dude that made prisoners sport pink underwear, yeah he’s running for US senate.

I will say I do love the fact that he loves man’s best friend and fights for animal rights.

Unfortunately, there’s a stack of disconcerting details about his past. In 2007, his agency failed to investigate hundreds of sex crimes against children. In 2008, a federal judge found his jails violated constitutional rights of prisoners. In 2012, he is accused of racially profiling and involved in numerous lawsuits.

The person running against Arpaio is fellow Republican Kelly Ward for the seat left vacant after Senator Jeff Flake announced his retirement Oct 24th 2017. Ward attended Duke University and was elected in 2012 to serve in the Arizona State Senate representing the fifth legislative district. She was unopposed for re-election in 2014.

Currently, there are 8 others running for the open seat in US senate including Krysten Sinema. At the time of her announcement, Sinema released a statement explaining that she’s hoping to be an advocate for everyone.

Deedra Abboud is someone who’s central issues include healthcare, education, the separation of church and state, and net neutrality.

Bob Bishop is an individual who claims to be a “compassionate capitalist.”

Craig Brittain is a technology entrepreneur and CEO who values veteran support, gun ownership rights, and removing the Federal Reserve.

Cheryl “Che” Fowler is a local healthcare professional and Army veteran. Her issue focuses include healthcare, women’s rights, gun control, and more.

Doug Marks says his platform is based on being, “fed up with the over-stepping over-burdening intrusive government that forces its way into every aspect of people’s lives.”

Jim Moss says he won’t take corporate cash and will push for higher minimum wages, advocate for health care security, and protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Chris Russell is an Army veteran who has a focus towards ending “blind loyalty” with political parties.

Nicholas Tutora seeks to reform the nation’s immigration system and is an avid supporter of the Second Amendment.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.