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.