An East Valley candidate for Maricopa County sheriff lined up another major labor endorsement Tuesday with the announcement of backing of the Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs.
The labor association, which represents about 5,000 members in 65 affiliate police organizations throughout the state, chose retired Mesa police Cmdr. Dan Saban after interviewing or analyzing all of the candidates in the Sept. 7 primary, said Jim Parks, association president.
Parks said Saban was the most receptive among the candidates on the issue of labor relations.
"We will continue to support those who support us," Parks said.
Saban received an endorsement from the Arizona Police Association in January.
The police association is a statewide professional organization representing 14 individual law enforcement associations with more than 6,500 members on wage, benefit and working condition issues.
Saban said he plans to have a "healthy relationship" with labor representatives should he be elected.
"To be endorsed by labor in law enforcement is the highest compliment you can get," Saban said.
Saban, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Phoenix radio personality W. Steven Martin and former Arpaio aide Tom Bearup are competing for sheriff in the Republican primary.
Another former sheriff’s office employee, Robert Ayala, is the lone Democrat, and a community college student from Gilbert, Hinton McLeod, is running as an independent.