Joe Arpaio-Foe Mike Stauffer Claims More Than 20,000 Signatures

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Stauffer: 20,000-plus sigs and counting...

Though he can't boast much in the way of contributions, Scottsdale Police Lieutenant and sheriff's office hopeful Mike Stauffer may have earned his place on the November general election ballot as an Independent.

According to a press release issued today by the Stauffer camp, which you can read below, Stauffer has scored "well over 20,000 signatures." That could mean Stauffer has made the cut, assuming the sigs can stand up to a challenge. 

In the general, Stauffer'd be squaring off against our birth certificate-vetting Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Republican, and former Phoenix Police Sergeant Paul Penzone, a Democrat.

Because Stauffer's running as an Indie, he has to submit far more signatures to secure his ballot spot than he would as a Dem or a GOPer: 19,410, versus 2,582 for a Democrat and 3,531 for a Republican.

West Kenyon, Stauffer's campaign manager, told me the signatures were gathered through a combination of volunteers and paid petition circulators. He said that all the signatures had been vetted up to this point, meaning that the campaign has checked the signatures to make sure they are from qualified electors in Maricopa County.

Kenyon also stated that the Stauffer camp will continue to gather sigs for the foreseeable future. The deadline for candidates to turn in their signatures is May 30.

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Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

It might be really cool to see Stauffer and Penzone join forces.

Let's face it, once Arpaio is beaten, it's going to take a team to clean up and put the MCSO in order.  Thanks to Arpaio's malfeasance, there will be plenty of work to keep them both busy.

I agree with Stauffer that the position of sheriff shouldn't be political-partisan.   Stauffer made the right decision in running as an independent.

Having a team with both Stauffer and Penzone at the table, working together, might be something worth considering.

Image a MCSO cleaned up and managed successfully by a bi-partisan team?  That could be a refreshing start to ending the paralyzing party extremism that the parties have shoved down our throats for too long.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Stauffer came out of the gates attacking Penzone and labeling him as a "sham" candidate. I don't think either party will concede to the other for the benefit of a greater good. Stauffer won't even quit his job with Scottsdale PD in order to remove continued opportunities of conflict due to his personal agenda. He is obviously a selfish, self serving individual.

Stand With Arizona
Stand With Arizona

 In your dreams. Arpaio will prevail yet again. Lots of fun material in the pipeline here at SWA that will haunt each of his rivals.

AllinAZguy
AllinAZguy

Nice sounding idea...but one person runs, not two. Was really hoping Stauffer wouldn't make the ballot, and with his inability to raise funds it is really surprising he did. Running as a 3rd party candidate doesn't help us get Joe out of office, we need to all get behind Penzone who already will take a far greater vote number than Stauffer purely by being in one of the 2 parties. Stauffer is just the spoiler at this point and we get stuck with Joe again.

Jason Howard
Jason Howard

 Yes, I totally agree with what you said, guys.

Gail Mokry Shoultes
Gail Mokry Shoultes

I think you are completely wrong and backing the wrong man AllinAZguy. The registered voters in Maricopa County are about even thirds. There are many, many independents out there.

Stauffer is a tool for the GOP
Stauffer is a tool for the GOP

 Stauffer is a self serving idiot with that bimbo Dee Dee (A Republican in disguise) blowing smoke up his ass and all of yours for making you fools believe that an independent can win this election.   Dee Dee is doing her original GOP party a favor and all you Stauffer - lovers are falling for it big time.  Bunch of fools.

AllinAZguy
AllinAZguy

Really? How many independents hold elected office in AZ?

And why did Stauffer only raise a couple thousand dollars in over a year of campaigning?

Also, I wouldn't care which one it is that takes out Joe...the goal is to beat Joe! It happens to be that Penzone by running in one of the 2 parties has the resources to make that happen, and not a 3rd party candidate!! We are going to divide ourselves up and give it to Joe if we don't figure that out!!

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

I don't know.  I've been impressed with Stauffer's campaign, plans to repair the broken MCSO, and his direct responses to questions.

I think Stauffer is the stronger candidate of the two.   Stauffer collected over 22,000 signatures, hopefully that will result in some financial backing for his campaign.

Also, we need to keep in mind this is Maricopa County.  Is supporting a democratic candidate, Penzone, really going to acheive what our county, and especially the MCSO, need?  That is, replacing Arpaio with a new sheriff.

AllinAZguy
AllinAZguy

I hear ya, but I just don't see it. Stauffer has yet to prove any viability, even before the Dem was in the picture Stauffer had over a full year of campaigning as the only opponent and was only able to raise a few thousand bucks which left the door wide open for a stronger candidate to get in. No one has been able to explain why if he has so much broad support he can't raise any money.

No money combined with none of the organization from a county and state party (and for this race likely national party help too)...volunteers, email lists, contributor lists, precinct members to get out the vote, etc etc...equals the real zero chance. And you quickly dismiss the Hatch Act stuff, but who knows and do we need the risk of that popping up as an issue right before the election? But still at best it means Stauffer is only campaigning after hours, so how will that even work??

Democrats can beat Joe this time around...either the votes are there for someone to beat him or not, but its going to take a lot of resources which so far it appears Stauffer has none of.

eyeswideopen
eyeswideopen

Mike has a lot of followers on Facebook, lost of people volunteering.  It is too bad he doesn't have more donations, guess I"ll have to throw in more money but it's time to be smart about this and Dems CANNOT win in this county

eyeswideopen
eyeswideopen

The problem is Democrats CANNOT beat Joe.  As a bleeding heart died in the wool, liberal bordering on socialist Democrat, for the first time in my life I am voting outside party lines for Mike Stauffer.  He CAN beat Joe if the Dem steps out.  Guaranteed.   Stauffer is a constitutionalist and that's fine enough for me.  As far as the Hatch Act stuff...... don't think so

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

That is this guys MO. Anyone who says anything remotely negative about Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer is "a distraction."

AllinAZguy
AllinAZguy

Unfortunately I am not the one distracted or distracting...I want Joe out!! 3rd party candidates are distracting the issue and causing division amongst those who should be united. I asked this to someone else but no answer...how many 3rd party elected officials do we have in AZ?? Like it or not, its not how our electoral system currently works...there needs to be a massive framework and organization in place with resources powering it for a campaign of this scope...which is found in the parties. It's really frustrating that people can't connect the dots on this already when we could actually beat Joe this year!!

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

Try to distract all you want.  We all know very well that it would be very difficult for any GOP candidate to survive a primary election against Arpaio with the kind of money he has raked in by targeting and preying upon elderly out of state senior citizens.

Stauffer made the right decision to not play Arpaio's money game and go independent.

Now it's Arpaio that has to survive a general election. 

Those signatures don't mean anything?  Guess we'll see if they mean enough to get him put on the ballet!

And these signatures weren't "bought."  They were collected by both volunteers and employees of a company that collects signatures.

We all know Arpaio's got a lot of money, but this time, the guy (Arpaio) with the most money (and A LOT of negative political baggage due to his corruption, mismanagement, financial malfeasance, and incompetent) is not likely to win.

AllinAZguy
AllinAZguy

It doesn't matter if Stauffer is the stronger qualified or not...he shouldn't run as a 3rd party!! 3rd party candidates don't win, they just spoil. He was originally in the Republican primary and then he bailed cuz it would have been impossible for him to beat Joe. At least if he would have stayed as a Republican he could have made Joe spend some of those millions before the general election. 

Those signatures don't mean anything other than access to being on the ballot, and they were purchased as stated in this article. I guess the real test of viability and support will come next time the candidates have to turn in financial statements.

goober
goober

One of the candidates might be there just to split the vote. I think the feds want Arpaio in office because with all of the malfeasance in the MCSO, he should have been charged with something by now. See if any of the candidates are receiving money from the for-profit private prison industry, CCA or Geo Group.

Bnbk
Bnbk

That would be a refreshing change,both parties working together...... I'm wondering if anyone elses neighborhood was flooded with pro-Penzone literature this past week-end. The Penzone camp obviously has enough funds to pay for glossy tri-fold flyers with Penzone's picture on the front & people to distribute them. I'm kinda disappointed that I wasn't home at the time they visited my home,would have been interesting to question the campaign workers about Penzone's stance on various issues.

Wondering
Wondering

I didn't get a pretty picture from Stauffer... He knoked on my door out of the blue one day. He is not very good in interviews or on tv i say GOOD!!!!!! I don't want to hear about him or from him when he wins the job. Mike just do what you told me you would at my front door and I will be happy. And yes I did sign his petition and I am a registered voter for those who wonder

Gail Mokry Shoultes
Gail Mokry Shoultes

@ Bnbk, they were in my neighborhood and I got the same literature. They were campaigning for Eric Meyer too. I signed Dr. Meyer's petition to get on the ballot but I told the volunteer that I wasn't ready to sign anything for Penzone, even though I'm a registered democrat. I talked about how Penzone has been a registered democrat for only about six weeks. I also talked about his association to NotMyKid which was a non profit run by a man named Moak. Moak is not only Tea Party, he is an unsavory individual and Penzone worked directly for him. I'm not satisfied in any way, shape or form that Penzone is the man.

Bnbk
Bnbk

There is a difference between the Maricopa County  Democratic Party & the AZ Democratic Party,when The AZ Democratic Party issues their endorsements,then it will be official,lol.

Bnbk
Bnbk

A You-Tube video does not an endorsement make. The Democratic Party has not yet endorsed anyone for Maricopa County Sheriff or any other political office.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Those are some very interesting points you raise,certainly worth further investigation. I guess we should wait & see if the AZ Democratic Party issues an endorsement of Penzone,so far not so much as a peep from them,tends to raise some question as to the legitimacy of his campaign.

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