"After consultation and approval by my 61-year-old Ms. Ava, I have decided to be re-elected as Sheriff," Arpaio said in a Sunday press release. "Watch out world! We are back!"
"I will continue to fight to do the right thing for Arizona and America and will never surrender," he said. "Those who violate the law have to deal with this sheriff."
"During his tenure as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life's work to protect the public from crime and illegal immigration," the White House said in a statement after Arpaeo's pardon. "Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old and, after more than 50 years of admirable service to our country, a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon." In 2018, Arpaio attempted to use his national profile to run an Arizona Senate, but Martha McSally lost in the republican elementary school of the state. Nevertheless, his campaign announcement on Sunday emphasized ambition beyond Arizona and the need for "tough policing" across the country.
"The past four years have proven to be a time of missed opportunities to continue the kind of hard policing that county needs," said Arpaio. "Once I'm back in power, I'll use my position to restore the pride of our law enforcement agencies, not just here, in America's fourth largest county, but across the country."
Paul Penzone, the current Sheriff of Maricopa County, who displaced Arpaio in 2016, is expected to run for reelection.
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the date of Arpaeo's apology.