The embattled politician told InMaricopa this morning he withdrew his bid for another term on the board of supervisors and will run for sheriff of Pinal County instead.
“I withdrew and am running for sheriff,” Cavanaugh told InMaricopa.
Documents filed with the Pinal County Elections Department showed Cavanaugh, who represents Maricopa and the surrounding communities in District 1, officially withdrew as a candidate yesterday. He first filed to run May 8.
Paperwork filed with the county confirms he’s a candidate for sheriff as of today. Elections official Garrett Glover also confirmed this in an interview this morning.
“He did submit a statement of interest yesterday,” Glover told InMaricopa.
When asked about running for sheriff, Cavanaugh said he had “an extraordinary amount of experience.”
“At present, I have the most experience,” he told InMaricopa. “I look forward to becoming sheriff.”
According to an online biography, Cavanaugh began working as a reserve police officer in 1986 and retired from law enforcement in 2004 following an injury.
Maricopa Vice Mayor Rich Vitello, who announced plans to run for Cavanaugh’s seat in June, had few words for the switcheroo.
“I wish him all the best in his pursuit,” Vitiello said. “All I can say is I will work hard for the city and, of course, for the county. One goal, one team.”
Cavanaugh will run against three other sheriff’s candidates: Ross Teeple of Florence, Kevin Taylor of Maricopa and Patrick Melvin of Maricopa.
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb is leaving the post for a U.S. Senate bid to replace the controversial Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) next year.