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Joe Arpaio announces an offer to re-elect the sheriff two years after Trump's forgiveness



"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!"

Arpaio – calling himself "America's toughest sheriff" – promises his re-election will bring back some of his most controversial police equipment, including Tent City – the notorious open-air prison in which Inmates wore pink underwear and shuffled around in chain gangs. The facility became the symbol of Arpaio's 24-year tenure as sheriff. Critics said the facility was humiliating for inmates who were in scorching heat and ate calorie-reduced meals.

"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."

Arpaio, an advocate of Trump's presidency, reiterated the president's message on Sunday, declaring his sheriff's goal to "bring Maricopa County back to safety." Trump pardoned Arpaio in 201
7 before being convicted of continuing arrest after a court ordered him to stop.

"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.

Kevin Liptak, Madison Park and Daniella Diaz of CNN contributed to this report.


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