According to the results of the Maricopa County Election Department, Arpio lost his former chief of deputy, Jerry Sheridan, to the Maricopa County Sheriff by nearly 6,000 votes on Tuesday.
Sheridan will challenge incumbent Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, a Democrat and former Phoenix police officer who ejected Arpio in 2016.
Arpio, who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff”, was in Maricopa County for 24 years. He gained national notoriety for treating people kept in a notorious outdoor prison called “Tent City”, where he dressed people in pink underwear and worked in the chain gang. Critics have said the facility was dangerous for prisoners who lived in scorching heat.
Arpio vowed that their reunion would bring back “Tent City” and some of their most controversial policing tools.
In 2017, Arpio was convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial profiling case that kept him in jail for six months while continuing patrols targeting migrants.
President Donald Trump issued his first presidential pardon that year, which was a major criticism of Trump supporters.
Arappio attempted a political comeback by running for the US Senate in 2018 but lost to Martha Maxley in the Republican primary.
Following the news of his loss, Arpaio told the Arizona Republic that “this would be the last time I would run for office.”
Sheridan worked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for 38 years before retiring as chief deputy. He was found in civil contempt in relation to the racial profiling case in 2016. He was not charged with criminal contempt due to the statute of limitations.