Joe Arpaio Foe Mike Stauffer to Submit Nearly 30,000 Signatures to County Elections Office

Categories: Election 2012
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Mike Stauffer
If about two-thirds of the signatures Mike Stauffer hands over to the county elections office tomorrow are legit, he'll be on the ballot for Maricopa County Sheriff come November.

Stauffer, a Scottsdale police lieutenant, is running as an Independent, which -- as the Feathered Bastard previously pointed out -- requires 19,410 nominating signatures to get on the ballot, far more than is required of the major parties' candidates.

The Stauffer campaign announced today that it's turning in more than 29,500 signatures tomorrow, well above the threshold, which the campaign claimed to have passed in mid-March.

Assuming Mickey Mouse, Winston Churchill, and other non-voters account for less than one-third of the signatures, Stauffer will earn a place on the general-election ballot between Democrat Paul Penzone and Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

That may not be a nail-biting issue, since when the Stauffer campaign announced that it had passed 20,000, Stauffer campaign manager West Kenyon told the Bird that all the signatures they had collected at that point had been verified as qualified Maricopa County voters.

Additionally, Stauffer actually has until the end of the month to turn in the signatures, so it would seem that he's turning in his signatures tomorrow with some confidence.

If that all works out, then it's on to figuring out a way to defeat Arpaio, which a grand total of zero people have done since Arpaio took over the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in 1992.

Having Penzone in the race doesn't help Stauffer's cause, and the same can be said about Stauffer from Penzone's perspective.

Arpaio's war chest isn't helping Stauffer, either, as Arpaio's $3.4 million had Stauffer beat by approximately, uh, $3.4 million when the last campaign finance reports were due at the end of last year.

Stauffer did collect a few thousand before the end of the year, but the next reports, due July 2, may be more telling.

Still, Stauffer's gaining support, as evidenced by the near-30,000 people who OK'd putting him on the ballot.

In his most recent campaign-finance report -- again, which doesn't include 2012 -- Stauffer had received contributions from state Senator Nancy Barto and her husband, some fellow Scottsdale cops, and even an MCSO deputy, among others. Stauffer also has the endorsement of Scottsdale Councilman Bob Littlefield.

There's still some time until November, so we'll let Stauffer focus on the signatures for today.

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Acorg
Acorg

how about voting for the candidate that has the best credentials, leadership experience and can get the job done instead of how much money they have in their warchest.  if we're just gonna look at money, then joe wins cuz no one is gonna come close to his $3.4M. penzone may have the dems backing him, but he was only a sergeant in the public information office - don't even know if he had a squad to supervise. do we want to fix the mess in MCSO or just trade one media hog for another?

notgivingup
notgivingup

Interesting that he has paid signatures gatherers but no money to pay them...isn't that what a candidate had in the Pearse recall and it ended up that Pearses brother and nieces collected signatures for the candidate? 
Perhaps the candidates that he his supported in the like right winger Barto helped with the money to pay the signatures gatherers.  Interesting that she might both help Stauffer and support Arpaio.

Joeneedstogo
Joeneedstogo

Serious question for any Stauffer supporters. When the candidates file their numbers end of this month to show how much they have gotten in donations this quarter, will it matter to you if he has again struggled to raise any money? Is there a specific number that we can agree on...like if Penzone has raised 10x more or 20x more can we then all get together and support the stronger candidate so that we can win this? Just tryin to figure this out soon so we don't give it to Joe because some of us just had to vote for someone who clearly couldn't win.

Wondering
Wondering

Stauffer announced he was running right away, Penzone came later. Sure don't see a hell of a lot coming from his camp... Penzone could be the one trying to split the vote here, Stauffer really wants this job. Just my opinion of course but he did show up in my neighborhood (north Phoenix) and walked door to door for hours. He isn't relying on big donated bucks to do the work for him. He is not a great interview for sure but to that I say GOOD. I am sick of the Top Cop being a TV STAR. I just hope he is able to get the word out there so heat can kick the Master Media Machine right in the ass

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

I am so glad I don't live in Mariicopa county I do feel sorry for those who don/t want Arpaio and I even pity his fans, they must dumber than a stump to vote cycle after cycle a man who costs them higher taxes to pay for his antics and his own personal agenda, the commander of the pink panty brigade reminds me of ole J Edgar Hoover one might have to wait for father time to come and end his career, one might wonder will some nasty expose come out upon his demise as did in J Edgar Hoovers case, exposing some nasty part of his personality! I am sure one day they will make a very unflattering movie about him and he can do nothing but look up in misery since doubt he is going up when he leaves this ole earth!:-)

teknik1200
teknik1200

I wish it was a two man race.  having a third horse in the ring can make it hard to beat, at this point it depends how many moderates there are in the state.  we can only hope those furthest to the right are only a vocal minority.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Well, IMO, Arpaio and Willems are working comments boards with their strategy of attempting to undermine and discredit Stauffer's qualifications and character.

It makes sense, hurt Stauffer, but not so bad he leaves the race because Arpaio needs a wounded Stauffer to split the vote.

Arpaio thinks most voters won't vote for a democrat (Penzone), so with that Arpaio thinks he will win.

Arpaio has always played dirty, he's even more desperate now that the public (and the FBI) is aware of his penchant for abuse of power against political adversaries, especially opposing candidates.

We voters, along with Stauffer and Penzone, need to open our eyes and not let Arpaio "play" us.

If we want to stop Arpaio's corruption, mismanagement, financial malfeasance and rebuild the MCSO into a professional law enforcement agency again, we need to call Arpaio on his bs when we see it.

And before November 6th, we need to have one strong candidate running against Arpaio.  Don't let Arpaio "game" the system.

Guester
Guester

Running against Joke is not the difficult part. It doesn't matter who you are, if you ask someone to sign something to defeat Joe most likely they will oblige. Beating Joe is the difficult part, which takes money. Giving a candidate money now implies an endorsement and investment into the candidate himself. He can get a million signatures but if he can't raise any money there is no viability.

Mansgame
Mansgame

I hope Arizona residents realize how big of a joke their state has become mostly thanks to Brewer and Arpaio.  

Abso
Abso

Stauffer used paid circulators big time.

Daniel Cooper
Daniel Cooper

Do they need to be citizens or rersidents of that County to sign for his application to be on the ballot?????

Coz
Coz

Cool !

Acorg
Acorg

Yeah, stauffer hired Sign Here Petitions to help collect the required number of signatures ... you seriously think they worked for free?  Besides, who cares, the dude collected almost 30,000 in less than 8 weeks. if that doesn't speak volumes, what does?  IT'S TIME for a change!!!

Acorg
Acorg

when you're hiring someone for a job do you hire the most qualified person or the one that has the most money? stauffer has been in this fight for 2 1/2 years. where has penzone been?? he jumped into this race at the 11th hour - in january - where is his commitment and his drive? who is backing him? my guess is that the republicans are gonna back the democrat cuz they're terrified that an independent could win this election. we should vote for the person that we think can clean up this mess and restore dignity and respect to MCSO - not another political empty suit. personally, i don't think a sergeant who hasn;t been on the street for years and has not done any strategic planning is going to know how to clean up this rat's nest. he'll have to bring someone else to do it for him.... then what are we voting for??  at least stauffer has the qualifications and credentials to apply for a chief of police job, penzone wouldn't even be able to apply for a chief's job cuz he doesn't have the qualifications. unless penzone starts to show us what he's got he can't be taken seriously as a candidate.

Acorg
Acorg

i'd like to know who put penzone up to this? if you read his twitter feed all you hear about is his golf game, the latest gala, his trip to DC and the bee's nest in his backyard.  his FB page and website are slightly better, but NO details on any plans on how he proposes to fix this mess. besides, coming into it so late in the race, i'm beginning to think he's an arpaio plant.

EnoughisEnough
EnoughisEnough

As someone who takes an interest in politics, its always amusing the lengths that the 3rd party candidates supporters (all 10 of them?) will go to defend their position. Can't raise money, good! Horrible in interviews, perfect! If he is so serious about wanting the job and actually thinks he can win, why is he still working his current job full time and only campaigning part time?

Acorg
Acorg

up until 5 months ago, it was a two man race. penzone just jumped into the ring in january, stauffer's been in it for 2 1/2 years.  penzone is being backed by liberal, open boarders democrats. do we really want to go there?? i sure don't.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Aren't you "gaming the system" by planting the seed that arpaio is behind any critical comment regarding Stauffer with zero evidence to corroborate your assertion?
You've been an ardent supported of Stauffer in the past and Stauffer has been unable to become a relevant candidate. He has been non existant for months. People are growing impatient with his lack of legitimate campaigning. Hell, he still works a full time job. If he doesn't have the moxy to quit and go 'all in' no one is going to contribute to his campaign for sheriff.

EnoughisEnough
EnoughisEnough

By doing that you might as well just vote for Arpaio instead, will be the same outcome for you. 

Just Say No to Vote Splitters

guest
guest

I've never gotten the feeling that arizoniacs care about what other states think of them.

Oma
Oma

Don't forget Pearce in that equation

ReadyforChange
ReadyforChange

Exactly. I really don't know anything about him, he may be a great guy or whatever, but I really hope these get challenged and that he doesn't make the ballot. Not sure if he is running for spite or what, but its pretty obvious from following both campaigns of him and Penzone that Stauffer is in a far weaker position...I mean he isn't even running for this office full time. If he can stay off the ballot now it saves the grief, time and hassle later of all the pressure that people are going to put on him to get out of the way and not throw it for Joe.

Acorg
Acorg

so what. he got 30,000 people to sign his petition in less than 8 weeks.

Wondering
Wondering

He knocked on my door, sure wasn't a paid circulator

Arizona Eagletarian
Arizona Eagletarian

 not surprising. Need to find out where the money came from for them.

Skeptical
Skeptical

I am really curious as to how they got the funding to pay for the signature gatherers, as they had like $200 on hand and couldn't raise any money when they filed in January. Will be really interested to see the candidates filings end of this month.

Abso
Abso

Yes. You need to be a resident and a registered voter in Maricopa County in order to sign his petition.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Stauffer does not hold the qualifications needed to apply for a police agency equal to the size of Maricopa County.  He is a  imid level supervisor of a small agency.  He has an online degree he worked on while on duty and he has not been to the FBI leadership Academy.  If he were a strong leader, he'd not still be a lieutenant in Scottsdale.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Perhaps because Stauffer is the real deal.

Stauffer is a real law enforcement officer. He's got a family to support and bills to pay just like most of us.

He doensn't have the luxury of being wealthy like Arpaio, BTW, how did Arpaio get so wealthy on a job that pays $78,000 a year? Hmmm?

Stauffer's not going to play Arpaio's game of targeting elderly out of state retirees and scam them for millions of dollars for his own personal gain.

Stauffer is much better than Arpaio. Arpaio is a blowhard politician with millions of dollars he gained by scamming elderly out of state retirees, appointing wealthy donors to his "special posse," and we must not forget Arpaio's buddies and campaign staff, special interest lobbyists, oh sorry, "political operatives" like Chuck Coughlin and Chad Willems.

For my vote, I'll take a guy that runs a modest grassroots people-based campaign and who'll get out and walk neighborhoods, introducing himself, talk one on one about what he can bring to the table and what his plans are for the MCSO.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Same bullshit as always coming from the right-wing. If someone doesn't support a Republi-Con,the right-wing starts up their open "boarders" Democrat line of bullshit.I hate to break it to you,but not everyone that backs a Democrat is an open borders liberal.I would venture to say,that most people are just sick of all the Tea-Bagger led corruption and overeach that has consumed the Republi-Con party.

Acrog
Acrog

i meant borders

Bnbk
Bnbk

When Stauffer first decided to run against Arpaio,I was leaning towards voting for him based on conversations I had with the Stauffer campaign. Long story short,none of the Stauffer camps "plans" ever materialized. Stauffer would serve the public better if he would drop out of the race & endorse Penzone........We have had communication with people within the AZ Democratic and they ARE backing Paul Penzone. I urge all Democrats & Independents to do your homework before casting your votes. We can succeed in voting Arpaio out of office if we all unify and vote for Penzone..........Stauffer will never raise enough money to even come close to Arpaio's war chest = Arpaio stays in power.............Penzone has & will recieve much more finacial backing = End of Arpaio's reign of terror in Arizona.............Stauffer needs to do what's best for the voters and drop out, or could it be that it is Stauffer who actually has a vote splitting role to play......One need only think back to the type of "campaign" Bullivia Cortes ran,which was none.

Acrog
Acrog

than people should say NO to penzone since he's the one that decided to join the race 5 months ago. he's the one that's gonna create the split.

Acorg
Acorg

dude, he turned in 30,000 signatures, HE'S ON THE BALLOT.  he's the ONLY one on the ballot as of right now.

how could you possibly think stauffer is the weaker candidate? penzone doesn't have the qualifications to apply for ANY chief of police job, and you think he's the better qualified candidate? why would anyone want to elect someone as sheriff that has NO command level experience and couldn't apply for one? that makes no sense.

yeah, stauffer still has his day job, so what? how do YOU pay your bills?  penzone is the one that needs to get the heck out of the way!!!

Phil
Phil

At least a sitting judge didn't help him.....

Acrog
Acrog

so a retired sergeant from phoenix is a stronger leader?? there's no evidence penzone actually supervised a squad while he was in the PIO's office.  you are obviously an arpaio supporter looking to discredit a serious threat to arpaio's reign. either that or this is a personal vendetta for you and you're not looking for the best qualified candidate to get the job done.

Acrog
Acrog

wow, that's all you got? you're gonna have to come up with something WAY better than this to discredit stauffer. who cares about the $250 bucks. he collected 30,000 signatures IN 8 WEEKS!! he's on ballot - you're gonna have to figure out a way to deal with that!  besides, if this is a money race, no one is gonna come close to arpaio - and you know that... making YOU an arpaio supporter looking to discredit the main threat. besides, penzone still needs to make it through the primary against rowan, who has more administrative experience than he does.... good luck with that.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

$250 in campaign finances means those 30 thousand voters donated an average of $.10 each?  That's not what I call "supporting a candidate."

Acrog
Acrog

30,000 voters in Maricopa County disagree with you..... they put him on the ballot!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

,..and the real reason Stauffer left the Republican Party was because he was not receiving any monetary support from the Party. He should have ran as a democrat

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

He doesn't have time to waste and can't knock on every door, he hasn't been iny neighborhood nor had he reached any of my coworkers or friends neighborhoods.

'grassroots' is the excuse used for ' lacks electability.'

Acorg
Acorg

that's bullshit. stauffer turned in 30,000 signatures, how many does penzone have to turn in?? 3,700??  ALL voters should do their homework and cast their vote for the candidate that has the best qualifications for the JOB, NOT the most money.  you don't think the party politicians are terrified that an independent can actually win this election? that's why they are trying to discredit Stauffer -- they know he's a real threat. Penzone is the one that needs to check his conscience and make sure he's in this for the right reason, cuz he hasn't demonstrated any leadership skills other than getting rid of the bee hive in his back yard and conquering his golf game. a true politician!!

Bnbk
Bnbk

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