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Updated Jan 5, 2012 - 11:07 am

Sheriff Joe Arpaio officially announces run for re-election

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio shows his badge as he holds a ceremony where 92 of his immigration jail officers, who lost their federal power to check whether inmates are in the county illegally, turn in their credentials after federal officials pulled the Sheriff's office immigration enforcement powers Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Phoenix. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security stripped Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail officers of their federal powers after federal authorities accused the sheriff's office last week of a wide range of civil rights violations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio formally announced his campaign Thursday for another term as Sheriff of Maricopa County.

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Sheriff of Maricopa County. I am running for a sixth term and will continue to protect the citizens of Maricopa County by enforcing all the laws," Arpaio said in a release.

The Sheriff had considered seeking another office, such as the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl, but determined there was still much work to be done as sheriff.

Even with the recent criticism Arpaio remains committed to serving as Sheriff.

Through the end of 2011 he had raised a record $6 million for a sixth four-year term as Sheriff of Arizona's most populous county.

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