Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he plans to run for the US Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake.
The 85-year-old Arpaio is a close ally of President Donald Trump and tweeted on Tuesday he seeking the post ‘to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again’.
Arpaio was spared a possible jail sentence last year when Trump pardoned his conviction for disobeying a judge’s order in an immigration case.
He flirted with the idea running for Arizona governor five times but decided against doing so each time.
Arpaio said in a fundraising email that he filed paperwork Tuesday for the Senate run.
Flake has been critical of Trump and announced last year that he would not seek another term.
The head of the Democratic National Committee says his party will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to ensure former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio never holds office again.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez says it’s ‘sad and disturbing’ that Arpaio is running for the Senate seat.