Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced Friday he was dropping out of the GOP race in Congressional District 4. Instead, Babeu will be seeking reelection for his current seat.
In a statement, Babeu said, “I promised the citizens of Pinal County that I would ensure continuity of leadership in the Sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Steve Henry’s candidacy not only ensured continuity of leadership, it also safeguarded the improved services we’ve delivered to Pinal families with the same passion and commitment since taking office.”
The Federal Office of Special Counsel has advised that because the sheriff’s office receives federal funds, and Henry supervises those funds, he is not able to run for the office while serving as deputy chief. He was left with three choices, resign his position as Chief Deputy and run for Sheriff, withdraw his candidacy, or transfer to a non-leadership position within the office.
Babeu said none of the choices are good to maintain continued success of the department.
“I have decided to end our congressional campaign and seek re-election as Pinal Sheriff,” said Babeu.