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Correspondence

Interview With a Border Warrior

In 2008, Sheriff Paul Babeu became the first Republican elected to that office in the 136-year history of Pinal County, Arizona.  At age 42, he is a 20-year veteran of the Army National Guard, retiring with the rank of major, having served in Iraq and as commander in the Yuma Sector of the U.S.-Mexican border.  Babeu was voted the 2011 Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriffs’ Association and has, since this interview was conducted, announced that he will run for Congress this fall.  He is interviewed here by Peter Gemma.

Peter Gemma: Thanks for taking time from what must be a very hectic schedule.  By way of background, you told me that you came to Arizona via Massachusetts and that you were steeped in politics right from the start.

Paul Babeu: Yes, my father was always speaking out for a political cause and was viewed as a political antagonist, which shaped my early views on political activity.  While I was still in high school, I campaigned against a proposed pay raise for the North Adams, Massachusetts, city council.  The council eventually was pressured into reducing their pay hike.  The following year, at the age of 18, I ran for city council, and my entire senior class registered to vote.  I won...

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