Joe Arpaio announced Monday, the same date President Donald Trump pardoned him in 2017, that he would run to be sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona in 2020.
“When he is back in office, Sheriff Arpaio will re-open Tent City Jail and bring back his popular jail policies, reinstitute the Posse to its former strength and continue to enforce all Arizona laws that deal with drug trafficking, sex trafficking and other crimes associated with the border and illegal immigration,” a press release announcing the run said.
Arpaio was convicted on criminal contempt of court in a racial profiling case, prompting revelations of mistreatment of prisoners under his watch in tent cities and on chain gangs.
Joe Arpaio announces 2020 bid for 7th term as Sheriff.
Thousands want me to run for Sheriff. Today Aug 25 announcing run for Sheriff Important day for me. Wife’s Birthday & Pres Trump Pardoned me. Ready for bruising, bitter campaign. Never back down.https://t.co/4dkuVCtCUa
— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 25, 2019