Joe Arpaio considering run for governor, raises record $3.5 million in 2013 for re-election campaign

PHOENIX - Sheriff Joe Arpaio's re-election campaign announced Wednesday that his team broke another fundraising record and that the sixth-term sheriff is thinking about running for governor.

Chad Willems, Arpaio's campaign manager, said the Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio committee collected over 78,000 contributions and raised $3.5 million in the last 12 months. The average contribution was about $45.

"These numbers tell the story that the Sheriff and his policies are more popular than ever," Willems stated.

Arpaio said he is also pleased with the record contributions.

"Every four years, my supporters encourage me to run for governor. Based on these fundraising numbers and knowing I could be competitive, I will have to give it serious consideration," he said in a Wednesday press release.

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