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Arizona, Elections, Politics

Former Graham County Sheriff Endorses Arnson for Sheriff

Posted: August 21, 2012 at 11:55 am   /   by

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Today, former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack endorsed Republican candidate Derek Arnson for Pinal County Sheriff. Mack served as Graham County sheriff until 1997. Mack was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-New Mexico Coalition of Counties in 1994, and received the NRA Law Officer of the Year.  He was inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame.  In addition, Mack has received the Cicero Award, the Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Local Sovereignty Coalition, and the Gun Owners of America Defender of the Second Amendment Award. In 1994, Mack challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill and fought all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where he won a monumental case for freedom.

“I have known Derek for over 25 years, and believe he is the best candidate for Pinal County Sheriff,” stated Mack.  “Derek volunteered as a sworn, unpaid, reserve deputy while I was sheriff.  He has always given himself to his community. Derek is a proven leader in law enforcement.  He will lead with honor, and he will uphold the Constitution.”

“I am very proud to receive the endorsement of Sheriff Mack,” said Arnson.  “His dedication and devotion to the people of Arizona and civil rights is to be admired.  I will be the same kind of leader when I serve as the next Pinal County sheriff.”

More about Derek Arnson:

Derek Arnson is a twenty-year veteran of law enforcement.  While serving as Gang Task Force Supervisor for Pinal County, Arnson led an unprecedented multi-agency operation called “Enough is Enough.”  The successful operation was aimed at taking the tri-city streets back from the gangs and drug dealers that had become commonplace.

Arnson served as a member of the Department of Public Safety, where he provided protective duty to former governors Fife Symington and Jane Hull.  Additionally, Arnson held command positions with both the Buckeye and Hayden police departments, and served for two years as the chief of police for the Gila River Indian Community.

Arnson and his wife of 24 years live in the San Tan Valley with their two children.  To learn more about Derek Arnson and his campaign to be the next Pinal County Sheriff, please visit

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Former Graham County Sheriff Endorses Arnson for Sheriff