Flake wins county sheriff coalition’s endorsement

A coalition of Arizona’s county sheriffs today announced their support for Jeff Flake to serve in the United States Senate. The Sheriffs from around the state noted Flake’s position on border security as one of the primary reasons for their support.

Sheriff Tom Sheahan of Mohave County said, “Flake understands that Arizona bears the brunt of negative consequences from an unsecure border and that the violence and drugs associated with illegal cross-border traffic endangers all communities. Jeff supports effective border security, without amnesty, which is why I support him for US Senate.”

Sheriff Ralph Ogden of Yuma County said he supported Flake due in part because of Flakes’ support for “programs like Operation Streamline, which has dramatically curbed illegal crossings in the Yuma Sector, and he will work to see that it’s fully implemented in the Tucson Sector.”

Sheriff Scott Mascher of Yavapai County offered his endorsement saying, “Strong communities are the first defense against crime. Jeff Flake knows that ill-considered decisions by federal bureaucrats can devastate rural economies and rural communities. Jeff’s record of fighting out of control bureaucracy in Washington is a good reason why I support him for Senate.”

Retired Sheriff Joe Richards of Coconino County said he supports Flake because “Our state is challenged with immigration issues, unemployment and economic problems like many other states. We need a U.S. Senator who can use his experience in the legislature to accomplish goals that will strengthen the economy and energize Arizonans to work together successfully.”

Earlier this month, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever endorsed Jeff Flake, saying: “Jeff knows that an unsecure border threatens our nation’s safety and security. Amnesty is unacceptable. His experience and commitment to Arizona and our nation will hold our federal government responsible to secure our border and protect our citizens. The drug related crime we have today will not be tolerated under Jeff’s watch. Jeff’s a good man. He gets it.”

Flake has received the endorsements of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Congressman Paul Ryan, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint and Pat Toomey, National Taxpayers Union, Arizona Right to Life, and FreedomWorks for America.