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Maricopa County sheriff candidates debate on Think Tank

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, left, and Jerry Sheridan. (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.

The Think Tank

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