Arpaio announces he will not run for Arizona governor post

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PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced via a press release that he is not going to run for governor.

In the release Arpaio said, “I am humbled by the encouragement and outpouring of support for me to run for Governor. However, at the same time, so many have supported my campaign for re-election that I do not want to betray them by running for another office. I have come so far and accomplished so much in the past 18 years as Sheriff that to leave now just doesn’t make sense. Right now, we are standing in the cross-hairs of history in this state and as Sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona, there is much work yet to do."

He continued, “I feel that I owe it to the people of Maricopa County, my hard-working employees and others who believe in my office’s policies to continue as their Sheriff. To leave this office open to appointment by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors of an interim Sheriff may very well put us on a path that would be extremely displeasing to the voters of this county.”

Arpaio had toyed with running for governor in 1998, 2002 and 2006, but decided against it.

If Arpaio decided to run for governor, Arizona law would require him to resign immediately because he isn't in the final year of his current term as sheriff.

The 77-year-old Republican has served five terms as sheriff.

Arpaio's last campaign finance report showed he had raised a little over $2 million in campaign money.

Candidates for governor include Democratic state Attorney General Terry Goddard and Republicans Gov. Jan Brewer, state Treasurer Dean Martin, Tucson attorney John Munger and Yavapai County businessman Buz Mills.