Decision 2012

Nov 6, 2012 11:26 PM

Self-proclaimed toughest sheriff wins sixth term

PHOENIX (AP) - The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has won a sixth term after facing his most bruising re-election contest.

Republican incumbent Joe Arpaio was challenged by Democrat Paul Penzone and independent Mike Stauffer in Maricopa County sheriff's race.

The two retired officers who challenged Arpaio have accused metro Phoenix's longtime sheriff of focusing too heavily on investigations that bring him publicity and ignoring many of the law enforcement duties he was hired to do.

In the county to the immediate south of metro Phoenix, Republican incumbent Paul Babeu won in his bid for a second term as Pinal County sheriff.

Babeu faced Democrat Kevin Taylor and independent Ty Morgan.

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