Thomas, Arpaio retain County Attorney, Sheriff offices

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Sheriff accepts victory

PHOENIX - Two big races in Maricopa County were decided by voters on Election Day - the Maricopa County Attorney and Sheriff.

Current county attorney Andrew Thomas(R) defeated Tim Nelson(D), and Michael Kielsky (L) while current sheriff Joe Arpaio(R) beat Dan Saban(D) for his unprecendented fifth term in office.

Thomas and Arpaio garnered much support and antagonism for their enforcement of illegal immigration laws, seen by many as a defining consideration in who they will vote for.

Early in October, a controversial television ad attacking Sheriff Joe Arpaio's opponent, Dan Saban, made serious allegations about the Democratic opponent. Arpaio denied knowledge of the ad which was funded by the State Republican Party.

Also happening in October was a heated exchange between county attorney Thomas and his competitors Nelson and Kielsky at a debate between candidates.

Thomas and Arpaio participated in joint-advertising during their campaign, with each candidate giving support to the other and promoting the importance of illegal immigration enforcement.

Competing candidates have accused the incumbents of abusing their power andmisuse of public funds.

Thomas was elected into office in 2005, Arpaio has been sheriff since 1992.