At least the polls weren’t wrong on this one. Democrat Paul Penzone defeated incumbent Sheriff Joe Arpaio handily in Tuesday’s election with 55.2% of the vote. Penzone takes office in January.
The embattled sheriff Arpaio faces criminal contempt of court charges in the Melendres lawsuit, including possible jail time. Should he be convicted I think this election result may simplify sentencing of the 84-year-old Arpaio.
Good luck to Penzone in leading the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office to protect the entire community and cleaning up the office’s internal affairs processes.