Arpaio raises nearly $2.5 million in contributions in 2015

Arpaio raises nearly $2.5 million in contributions in 2015

PHOENIX (AP) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has raised nearly $2.5 million in campaign contributions over the last year.

Since winning re-election in 2012, the six-term sheriff has raised $7.9 million in contributions and has already spent $4.7 million of that amount.

He is now left with $3.2 million in cash on hand.

Many of Arpaio’s contributors live outside of Arizona and made donations under $100.

Arpaio and six other candidates have filed paperwork saying they’ll run in this year’s sheriff’s race.

The challengers include former Buckeye Police Chief Dan Saban, who ran unsuccessfully against Arpaio in 2004 and 2008.

Arpaio’s campaign fund was depleted after his 2012 campaign, his second-closest race in his tenure as sheriff.

He spent $8 million during his 2012 campaign.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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