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4 Republicans On The Ballot In Maricopa County Sheriff Primary

The Republican race for sheriff is among contested Maricopa County elections in the Tuesday primary.

The Maricopa County sheriff oversees one of the largest county jail systems in the country. The sheriff is in charge of nearly 3,300 employees and an annual budget of more than $400 million.

Joe Arpaio, ousted from office in 2016 after 24 years, is seeking a seventh term as sheriff, after waging an unsuccessful primary campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

He’s facing former law enforcement officials Mike Crawford and Jerry Sheridan. Lehland Burton is also running on the Republican side as a write-in candidate.

The winner will face incumbent Paul Penzone, who is running uncontested in the Democratic primary.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.