Arizona Latina Statement on Sheriff Arpaio's Race If Re-elected and Why U.S. Marshal Gonzales A Good Choice

Highly Decorated U.S. Marshal David Gonzales Excellent Appointment Replacement If Arpaio Wins
Phoenix, AZ -- The chances of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio getting re-elected are high considering Republicans are still the largest voting bloc in our State. Just this year, Republicans have surpassed independents in voter registration for the first time in two years, and Democrats have cracked the 1 million voter mark for the first time since 2010.  
Somos Independents is a woman-led organization founded by a former longtime Republican, and a former Democratic supporter, and we do not support extremism that we see on both sides of the aisle. We do not support a Party platform but support the  candidate(s) and/or the issues. Therefore, we cannot in good conscience support the Democratic candidate Paul Penzone for sheriff considering his domestic violence history.  Click here to see the Glendale Police report of the domestic abuse reported in 2003. 
If Sheriff Arpaio gets re-elected after losing his civil case and being found in contempt of Court, a good alternative would be for the highly decorated U.S. Marshal David Gonzales to be appointed as Sheriff of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Gonzales' experience in law enforcement (to include top secret clearance with the F.B.I.)  shatters Penzone's weak record.
Before his appointment as the U.S. Marshal, David Gonzales' prior experience was with:
Managed the operations of the Criminal Investigation Division. The Division was comprised of 350 detectives assigned statewide to the following units: Narcotics, Organized Crime, Gang Enforcement, Auto Theft, Intelligence, Special Operations (SWAT, canine, bomb disposal) and Governor Protection. The annual operating budget for the division was $17 Million.

Coordinated the handling of criminal issues throughout the State of Arizona and managed investigations using available resources, personnel and budget. Was also the liaison between the Department and the legislative and executive branches of government for issues affecting the Department’s criminal justice activities. Testified before the legislature on matters of concern to the Department.

Began career as a “beat” officer, became an undercover officer then moved up the ranks to assume command responsibilities for both the Organized Crime Bureau and the State Gang Task Force. Recognized nationally as an expert in the operation of multi-agency task forces, community and law enforcement activities to identify and reduce street gangs and identifying and investigating money laundering activities arising from criminal enterprises.

Professional Activities
• Executive Fellow - FBI, Washington, DC (1996) - top secret security clearance.
• Testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Federal Street Gang Legislation.
• Interim Chief of Police in City of South Tucson and in Bullhead City, Arizona.
• Member of Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission.
• Member of Arizona Drug and Gang Policy.
• Member of Arizona Latino Police Officer Association.
• Member of Arizona Highway Patrol Association.
• Member of International Association of Chiefs of Police.
• Member of Arizona Chiefs of Police.
• Member of International Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association.

Community Activities
• Board of Directors, Camp Fire Boys and Girls
• Board of Trustees, All Saints Episcopal Day School
• Valley Leadership, Class XX
• Arizona Town Hall
• Junior Warden, All Saints Episcopal Church
• Board of Directors, Project Prime, an ASU Project designed to prepare minority students for college.

• February 2001 - Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government - Executives in State and Local Government Program.
• 1995 - Executive Development Graduate Program, University of Southern California, Pasadena, California.
• 1997 - BS in Public Administration - University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Former Arizona State Rep. Lydia Hernandez states:   "If Arpaio gets re-elected, we will need an educated, experienced, tough on Crime Conservative Latino to replace him! I have learned that politics is not about the most qualified -- to me, it is what's right and best for our communities."
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