Democrat Paul Penzone to face Joe Arpaio for Maricopa County Sheriff

PHOENIX - Retired Phoenix police officer Paul Penzone has beaten another Democrat by a wide margin for the chance to take on longtime Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November's general election.

Penzone defeated John Rowan in Tuesday's primary with a margin of victory of more than 35 percentage points.

Arpaio is seeking a sixth term in office. The 80-year-old had more than $4 million in his campaign war chest early this month to fend off Penzone and independent Mike Stauffer. Stauffer is a Scottsdale police lieutenant.

Arpaio is facing a suit from the U.S. Department of Justice and a separate suit from Hispanics who allege that his department racially profiles minorities is awaiting a judge's verdict.

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