Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Wednesday that he is considering a run for governor of Arizona.
While the Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio committee announced that it had raised more than $3.5 million in the past year, a majority of donations came from out-of-state donors, as critics of the sheriff have tried and failed to force a recall election against him.
Despite the recall election attempts, campaign manager Chad Willems insisted that Arpaio is more popular than ever before.
"We continue to be blown away by the depth and breadth of support for Sheriff Joe," Willems said. "These numbers tell the story that the sheriff and his policies are more popular than ever."
As sheriff, Arpaio has been accused of racial profiling, abusing prisoners and failing to investigate sex crimes. In 2013, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled that Arpaio’s office regularly profiled Latinos in traffic and immigration patrols.
Arpaio has since appealed the judge’s decision and demanded that the federal government pay the $30 million his office needs to comply with the ruling, as well as another $8 million in legal fees.
Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial primary will be held on Aug. 26.