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Maricopa County sheriff candidates debate on Think Tank

Sep 11, 2020, 10:00 AM | Updated: 10:50 am
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, left, and Jerry Sheridan. (AP Photos)...
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, left, and Jerry Sheridan. (AP Photos)
(AP Photos)

The candidates for Maricopa County sheriff square off in a formal debate in this week’s Think Tank. This is the first of several key race debates.

Paul Penzone, a career Phoenix police officer, is the incumbent Maricopa County sheriff. He was elected to that post in 2016.

Jerry Sheridan is a career MCSO employee and rose to the rank of chief deputy, overseeing much of the department’s operations.

Among other things, we ask about:

  • The legacy of Joe Arpaio on the MCSO and the extent to which they would deviate from his policies.

  • Tent City.
  • Alternatives to incarceration, especially for those not yet convicted of any crime.
  • The appropriate MCSO relationship with ICE and other immigration-related issues.
  • And we give each candidate an opportunity to question the other on a topic of their choosing.

The Think Tank airs on KTAR 92.3 FM on Saturday 3-4 p.m. and Sunday 9-10 p.m.

Podcasts are available after broadcast.

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Maricopa County sheriff candidates debate on Think Tank