June 3, 2004
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is so far the only candidate to deliver signatures that will place him on this fall’s ballot, but his challengers all say they are on track to file theirs by next week.
The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office got 9,750 signatures from Arpaio on Tuesday — the first day candidates could turn in petitions that secure a ballot spot for the September primary and November general elections.
Many of Arpaio’s challengers said they already have the signatures they need, but they plan to collect extra ones. Their deadline to hand in signatures is 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Democratic and Republican candidates must collect about 3,000 signatures to get on the ballot. But W. Steven Martin, who is running as an independent, must collect 9,600 signatures under state law because independents do not have a recognized political party.
Martin said his campaign has gathered about 11,500 to 12,000 signatures. Martin said he plans to collect an additional 2,000 and file next week.
Republican Dan Saban said he expects to hand in about 5,000 signatures.
Another Republican challenger Arpaio will face in the Sept. 7 primary, Tom Bearup, said he has about 3,500 signatures and will continue collecting until the deadline.
Democrat Robert Ayala’s campaign did not immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail.
Candidate Hinton McLeod, a 23-year-old college student who recently spent time in Arpaio’s Tent City jail for a misdemeanor DUI arrest, said he soon will file the 50 signatures needed to run as a Libertarian. McLeod initially announced his candidacy as an independent, but said the signature requirement motivated him to run as a Libertarian.