Arpaio announces plans to seek re-election

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's definitely seeking a sixth term as the county's top lawman.
 
Arpaio formally announced his plans on Thursday to seek re-election in November, though he has said repeatedly over the last two years that he will run for sheriff again.
 
"It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Sheriff of Maricopa County," Arpaio said in a written statement. "I am running for a sixth term and will continue to protect the citizens of Maricopa County by enforcing all the laws.”

The campaign says Arpaio has raised $6 million in campaign money.
 
Scottsdale police Lt. Mike Stauffer is challenging Arpaio.
 
Stauffer is an Independent, while Arpaio is a Republican.
 
Arpaio has refused recent calls from some of his critics to resign because of allegations that his office racially profiles Latinos and didn't adequately investigate hundreds of sex-crimes cases.