Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Democrat Paul Penzone
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -
Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio has won the race for Maricopa County Sheriff.
Arpaio has been sheriff since 1993, serving five terms.
Challenger Paul Penzone is a 21-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department and longtime face of the Silent Witness program.
In his campaign, Penzone promised to service the public, not to be served by the public.
Penzone accused Arpaio's office of financial mismanagement and leveled criticism at the office for either inadequately investigating or not investigating at all hundreds of sex-crimes cases.
Arpaio refused calls from critics to resign because of the botched the sex-crimes investigations and allegations that his office racially profiles Latinos.
Chad Willems with Arpaio's campaign said the mishandling of the sex-crime cases was brought to the sheriff's attention in 2007 and he claims the sheriff immediately ordered the cases be re-opened and investigated.
Police Lt. Mike Stauffer ran as an independent. Stauffer came to Maricopa County in 1991 and joined the Scottsdale Police Department.
Throughout the campaign, Arpaio was far ahead of his challengers in fundraising.
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