Joseph Arpaio

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Joseph “Joe” Arpaio enlisted in the US Army at the age of 18 at the start of the Korean War. After serving his country, Arpaio returned and became a police officer in both Washington D.C. and Las Vegas. After a while, he was appointed as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Narcotics where he served for 26 years and worked all around the world [1, 6]. Afterwards, Arpaio and his wife Ava opened a travel agency in Phoenix. In 1992, Arpaio ran and was elected to be Maricopa County Sheriff where he served for 26 years. Throughout his terms, jail conditions were investigated many times by the United States Justice Department; his administration was sued twice. In 2017, Arpaio was found guilty of defying a federal judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latinos [6]. He was then pardoned by then-President Donald Trump [7]. Arpaio previously ran for a U.S. Senate Seat in 2018, for Maricopa County Sheriff in 2020, and for Mayor of Fountain Hills in 2022, all of which he lost [5].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Arpaio would like to create an auxiliary law enforcement composed of volunteer members to work with the community in order to prevent crime and defend public safety [1].


 Arpaio would like to work with officials across Fountain Hills in order to increase small business prosperity in the town and pass favorable policies to help entrepreneurs [1].


Arpaio supports the building and success of casinos around Fountain Hills in order to increase tourism in the town [1].


Allen Skillicorn, Fountain Hills Town Councilman [1]


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