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I am Paul Penzone’s campaign manager and I want to introduce you to the man that can defeat Joe Arpaio in November, Paul Penzone.  Let me start by explaining why Joe’s approval is at 46% and his disapproval is at 45% according to a Public Policy Polling Poll that was conducted just one month ago.  There are plenty of reasons why Arpaio has is losing his edge in Arizona and here are a few:
1.    Over $50 million paid out in lawsuits in his jails.
2.    Accusations of civil rights abuses specifically against Latinos in our community (the fastest growing voting bloc, by the way.)
3.    Over 400 sex crimes many against children that he did not investigate because he shifted the investigators to look into his political enemies.
4.    Arpaio sent a Sheriff’s deputy to Hawaii to investigate the President’s birth certificate on tax payer’s dime.  
5.    Arpaio arrested the publishers of The New Times, a local newspaper that has been critical of him.
It is hard to imagine that he’s even running for office again.
Now for the great part!  We have a candidate in Arizona that can win and is highly qualified to be Sheriff of Maricopa County.  Paul Penzone was a 20 year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department.  Paul worked as a patrol officer early in his career and later did undercover work, bringing down one of the largest meth distributors at that time.  He later worked on Federal wire tap cases with DEA before he became the head of Silent Witness.  Silent Witness is an organization that is part of the Phoenix PD that works with law enforcement throughout Maricopa County to solve cold cases and other high profile cases including two serial killer cases during Paul’s tenure.  
Paul worked with law enforcement from cities across the valley to solve crimes.  Whether they were in Goodyear, Scottsdale or Chandler, Paul’s efforts brought many criminals to justice.  This ties well with the job of Sheriff because there must be cooperation between the overlapping jurisdictions in order to keep people safe.
I hope you will take the time to learn more about Paul at his website: and on like him on facebook at
You may also contact me at or by phone at 602-910-0922.  
Jake Adams

Originally posted to Jakeadams on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    Jake Adams Penzone for Sheriff, Campaign Manager Ph: 602.910.0922 Email: jake[at]

    by Jakeadams on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:20:55 PM PDT

  •  Hi Jake; a commendable task, taking on Arpaio (8+ / 0-)
    •  Thanks Dave! (1+ / 0-)
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      I got a lot of advice about being followed and being careful when I took the job.  Please keep an eye on this race.  If we're not careful we might do some good!

      Jake Adams Penzone for Sheriff, Campaign Manager Ph: 602.910.0922 Email: jake[at]

      by Jakeadams on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:07:10 PM PDT

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  •  "Save money: let Joe hire his own lawyers!" nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Mother Mags, milkbone

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:53:49 PM PDT

    •  Money (1+ / 0-)
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      Joe has about 4 million dollars in his campaign war chest, so he'd be smart to save some for his legal defense.

      Jake Adams Penzone for Sheriff, Campaign Manager Ph: 602.910.0922 Email: jake[at]

      by Jakeadams on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:08:21 PM PDT

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  •  Hi Jake, I linked to Paul's website in (7+ / 0-)

    my last few Arpaio diaries. And don't forget, while Arpaio was doing #1-5 above, he made Maricopa the only county in the state that's seen an increase in violent crime. He's expensive and ineffective. And a bigoted jackass.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 06:01:25 PM PDT

  •  Best of luck to you (2+ / 0-)
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    thomask, Sue B

    I know that an awful lot of Maricopa County voters are elderly transplants who get the vapors whenever they hear a couple of brown-skinned people speak a language they don't understand, but here's hoping that there are enough realists who realize that Arpaio (what kind of 'merkin name is that, anyway?) is an incredible liability.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 06:18:16 PM PDT

    •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      It's our job to make sure that the folks who think they're safer because of Arpaio realize the truth! He's a very good spinmaster.

      Jake Adams Penzone for Sheriff, Campaign Manager Ph: 602.910.0922 Email: jake[at]

      by Jakeadams on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:09:46 PM PDT

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  •  Good stuff, Jake! (1+ / 0-)
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    There's only one way to beat Arpaio and thats with with $$ and votes!! Lets start the snowball-a-rollin'!!

  •  > 1 are running against the sherrif, yes? (0+ / 0-)

    if so the title has me confused.

    Three candidates vying to replace Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have one thing in common: their disdain for the five-term incumbent and the policies that have come to define his agency.

    But former Phoenix police Officer Paul Penzone, former Goodyear police employee John Rowan and current Scottsdale police Lt. Mike Stauffer will have to do more than distance themselves from Arpaio if they plan to defeat the sheriff, voters reminded the candidates at a debate on Thursday. And that starts with solid financial backing and organizational support.

    Read more:

    •  Good question (1+ / 0-)
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      There are two other candidates.  Both raised less than $3,000 in the first 5 months of the year.  Both paid for their signatures to be on the ballot by loaning their own campaigns money.  Both are perfectly well intended, but have no path to victory.  

      Paul has raised $149k in the first 5 months, has hundreds of volunteers out every weekend knocking on doors.  He is getting bipartisan support through endorsements from Democrat and Republican elected officials as well as lots of business and community leaders.  

      I hope you understand that it's not my intent to be misleading with the title, but there's only one candidate that is running a strong campaign against Joe Arpaio.

      Jake Adams Penzone for Sheriff, Campaign Manager Ph: 602.910.0922 Email: jake[at]

      by Jakeadams on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:30:27 PM PDT

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      •  Penzone was selected by party leadership (0+ / 0-)

        Not by a primary, which has yet to occur.  By selecting, promoting and funding one primary candidate they have effectively locked out all other primary challengers.  Penzone was a Republican until three days before he filed to run against Arpaio.  He has no command experience and has a domestic violence incident in his recent past.  There is an independent candidate running who will also be on the ballot, splitting the anti-Arpaio vote.  The party's heavy-handed attempts to predict and control the primary outcome have caused protests outside party headquarters by other Dems.  They are counting on elderly snowbird volunteers returning in the fall with no knowledge of what has happened to replace the Dems who now refuse to support Penzone.  When Arpaio wins again, the Arizona Democratic Party will have no one to blame but themselves.

        You can't change the world without conflict. -- Markos

        by ZAPatty on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:00:15 AM PDT

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  •  Most interesting - and commendable. (0+ / 0-)

    While I am delighted that someone is finally seriously running against Sherriff Goodoleboy (and even happier that they're not smacking the Democratic base upside the face at every chance), I must ask whether Mr. Penzone is actually interested in being a Democrat.

    Having looked at his website, I'm seeing a lot of "crack down", "law and order", "hard on X" rhetoric - and I'm wondering whether this is actually, well, all that much of an improvement. Replacing one sherriff who demonises immigrants with another who demonises immigrants doesn't seem like much of a step forward, even if Mr. Penzone seems like a better person and is much, much better on several other issues.

    Just my opinion.

    •  Lets be clear (1+ / 0-)
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      The job of Sheriff is law enforcement and detention of criminals.  I think we can all agree that we dont want drug cartels in Arizona, human slavery or folks running free with warrants.  

      In case others reading this dont take the time to go to Paul's website, I've posted the issues page below.

      Fight Crime by Partnering with the Community
      Reach out to neighborhoods to build relationships that foster trust between residents and deputies to help prevent crime and catch criminals.  Law enforcement officers should be role models in the community and treat every law-abiding citizen with respect.  Playing an active role in neighborhood development and community programs will connect residents and law enforcement and make Maricopa County safer.  

      Crack Down on Illegal Immigration
      Fight illegal immigration by going after the source to stop drug importation, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  Work collaboratively with local, state and federal agencies to take on and dismantle the mid to high level drug and human trafficking organizations.  Create a special unit within the Sheriff’s Department to work with small and large businesses to educate, enforce employment laws and promote cooperation to reduce the demand for illegal immigration.  

      Manage the Jails and Protect Taxpayers
      Eliminate unnecessary and inhumane practices that pose a health risk to employees and a financial liability risk to taxpayers.  Zero tolerance for any abuse, neglect or mistreatment of inmates.  Be fiscally responsible and keep the cost per inmate as low as possible to reduce the burden to the taxpayers.  

      Keep Our Children Safe
      Catch online predators, break up child pornography rings and lock up pedophiles.  Make the protection of our children a primary focus of the Sheriff’s Department and work closely with Child Protective Services and other child advocacy groups to identify and serve the needs of our children.

      Be Fiscally Responsible and Get the Most out of Every Tax Dollar
      Streamline internal processes and focus resources directly in neighborhoods on preventing crime and catching violent criminals.  Financial mismanagement has taken deputies off the street and reduced the department’s ability to follow through on investigations and serving warrants.  We must focus resources on making Maricopa County safer.  

      Follow-Through on Reports and Warrants
      Allowing 400 reports of sexual abuse against women and children to go uninvestigated is absolutely inexcusable.  Criminal reports must be investigated to protect residents and take real criminals off the streets.  Also inexcusable is allowing nearly 40,000 felony warrants to go un-served.  This negligence is allowing criminals to walk free.  It is the job of the Sheriff’s Office to make sure felony warrants are served to keep our county safe.

      Focus on Catching Fugitives
      Make catching fugitives a top priority by fully staffing a fugitive apprehension unit to combat the increasing rate of fugitives right here at home.  Prioritizing the apprehension of those who have been accused or convicted of crimes not only removes this element from our neighborhoods but it sends a message to criminals that we will find them and force them to answer to the judicial system.

      Facilitate Multi-Agency Collaboration to Make Our County Safer
      The Sheriff’s Office must act as an ambassador of multi-jurisdictional cooperation to benefit the entire county.  Establish open and objective dialogue with other agencies and organizations to execute effective law enforcement strategies that make neighborhoods safe and lock dangerous criminals away.

      Enforce Laws Against Animal Abuse
       Take crimes against animals seriously to not only protect animals but to protect families.  Statistics show that those who abuse and neglect animals are more likely to commit violent crimes against people.

      Jake Adams Penzone for Sheriff, Campaign Manager Ph: 602.910.0922 Email: jake[at]

      by Jakeadams on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 06:56:07 AM PDT

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      •  Mr. Adams, your point is well taken. (1+ / 0-)
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        And while I would certainly expect a sherriff-candidate's website to be centred on law-and-order matters, I would hope that Mr. Penzone is aware that this field of government does not operate in a vacuum.

        I am also aware - if only by the ignoble actions of Joe Arpaio, on whom any Democrat is an improvement - that the office of Sherriff carries with it at least some weight in areas not directly related to law enforcement. It is a matter that Mr. Penzone may wish to consider, especially if he is hoping to at some future time to run for other offices.

    •  You are correct, sir (0+ / 0-)

      That's what you get when the local party leadership recruits a Republican to run and stacks the primary against any other candidate.  Arizona Dems think they can win by fooling people into thinking they're just like the Republicans.  They will receive no votes from Republicans.  There is an independent candidate on the ballot who will split the anti-Arpaio vote.  The Dems will lose the sheriff's race again in November thanks to the party's lack of true leadership.

      You can't change the world without conflict. -- Markos

      by ZAPatty on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:05:45 AM PDT

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  •  Wishing you guys the best (1+ / 0-)
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    Arpaio has become a national embarrassment and he has to go. Keep coming back with updates.

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