Aug 11, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Former sheriff pardoned by Trump loses political bid for a third time

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during the Mother of All Rallies at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 2018.
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a rally at the National Mall in Washington in 2018. Photo: Emily Molli/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who in 2017 became the first person that then-President Trump pardoned, on Wednesday lost his third attempt at a political comeback, per AP.

Driving the news: The 90-year-old, who was previously an influential figure in Republican politics and known for his hardline stance on immigration, lost the Fountain Hills mayoral race to incumbent Ginny Dickey.

The big picture: Arpaio lost his attempt for a seventh term as Maricopa County sheriff in 2016 and was convicted of criminal contempt by a federal judge a year later.

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