PHOENIX, AZ.April 13, 2010: Arizona’s toughest crime leaders are siding with the tough on crimeArizona Attorney Generalcandidate, Andrew Thomas. The campaign announced today that Mohave County SheriffTom Sheahanhas endorsed the Republican contender.
“I fully support Andy. His belief in harsher penalties against child predators is exactly what this state needs,” said Sheriff Sheahan. “Throughout his extensive career, Andy has been a great partner for law enforcement. I look forward to him representing us on a statewide level.”
Cochise CountySheriff Larry Dever andMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaiohave also endorsed Thomas.
Thomas’ office successfully prosecuted theBaseline Killerand Serial Shooting suspects. He is in favor of the death penalty and has been criticized by defense lawyers for his toughplea bargainpolicies. He has tackled tough public corruption cases and led innovative programs to ensure better food safety and cracked down on graffiti andcruelty to animals.
Thomas is a graduate ofHarvard Law School. Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as anAssistant Attorney Generalfor Arizona, Deputy Counsel andCriminal Justice Policy Advisorto the Governor, Special Assistant to the Director of theArizona Department of Corrections, and asDeputy County Attorney.
During Thomas' time as Maricopa County Attorney,crime ratesplummeted. The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, and in despite of an 11 percent increase in the county's population during that time. The illegal immigrant population has dropped by anywhere from 18 percent (Dept. ofHomeland Securityestimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studiesestimate). Like the fall in crime rates, this dramatic decline in illegal immigration is far greater than the average in the rest of the nation.