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Joe Arpaio Recall Paperwork Filed With Maricopa County Elections Department

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UPDATE: Joe Arpaio Target of Recall -- It's Official -- by Same Community Leaders Who Successfully Ousted Senator Russell Pearce

The political committee that's apparently going to try to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed its registration paperwork with the county elections department this morning.

It's still not clear exactly who's behind the committee, Respect Arizona, but Citizens for a Better Arizona president Randy Parraz told Stephen Lemons this morning that he knows some stuff about it.

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He told Lemons an attorney named William James Fisher will chair the committee, which is consistent with the information on this morning's filing. A woman at Fisher's office tells New Times that Fisher's out of the office until tomorrow -- which is when a press conference on the matter is supposedly being held.

The only other person listed on the registration is Bob Unferth, who's listed as the treasurer of Respect Arizona. Unferth has worked with Parraz and CBA on a few things, including some anti-Russell Pearce efforts in Pearce's attempted comeback this year. Neither Parraz nor Unferth immediately returned New Times' messages, left shortly before noon.

Other than that, there's not too much information in the filing, other than the website for the recall has the appropriate name of RecallArpaio.com -- which is "under construction."

With this filing, though, Respect Arizona now has four months to gather the more than 300,000 signatures from county voters in order to trigger a recall.

We'll keep you posted on any developments.

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