By Niki D'Andrea
Dan Saban was disheartened, but said he's glad he waged a tough campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
"We have energized people who would never vote in this type of election,” Saban told a crowd assembled at his Gilbert home on election night.
With most of the votes counted, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was leading Saban 57 percent to 41 percent.
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“I’m physically and emotionally exhausted,” Saban said. “It’s been an amazing two years.”
But Saban says he considers his campaign a victory, of sorts. He feels it brought new energy to a disenfranchised local electorate.
“When you can take on a challenge like this, against an incumbent who uses the media at every turn at taxpayers’ expense, and you get outspent five to one, it’s a victory.”
Saban says he's not sure yet if he'll run again. His only immediate plans are to take a bike ride to Laughlin, Nevada.