Arpaio critic running for Maricopa County sheriff

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PHOENIX (ADOT) -

Long time Valley lawman Dan Saban is hoping that the third time is the charm.

The former Buckeye Police Chief has filed the necessary paperwork to run for Maricopa County Sheriff.

It is the third time Saban has sought the office and the third time Saban has challenged Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"I am so anti-Arpaio that I am willing to put myself out there," Saban said. "Somebody has to continue to peck away at this kingdom that has been built that is completely inappropriate and I’m the guy to fix that."

Saban first ran against Arpaio in 2004 when he lost to Arpaio in the Republican primary. Saban then ran as a Democrat in 2008, but again he lost to Arpaio in the general election.

But now Saban thinks things have changed with Arpaio embroiled in a myriad of legal problems that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

"I’m just so frustrated by the abuse of power," Saban said. "I’m frustrated by the malfeasance. I’m frustrated by the fiscal irresponsibility. That’s not what this job is."

Saban said he knows he again faces an uphill battle, but he said since word of his run got out he has been inundated with calls of support.

"I have never been over-budget. I have never been in contempt of court," Saban said. "I’ve never been litigated against and lost any money for any city I've worked for and that’s the difference."

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