The field of congressional hopefuls is packed with 16 men and women who want to represent central and eastern Arizona.
Their fates will be decided by voters of their parties in the Sept. 10 primary election, with the final congressional choice made at the Nov. 5 general election.
Each Friday until the primary election, the Roundup will publish profiles of those 16 candidates, as well as the candidates who are running for state and county offices.
Party affiliation: Democrat
Years in Arizona: 39
Fred DuVal brings political experience at both the state and national level to the contest for the new Congressional District One seat.
He announced his bid for the Democratic nomination in June and has lined up Eddie Basha as his campaign chairman.
DuVal is a former aide to Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt and to President Bill Clinton. His role in each position involved helping local government work with the state and with federal agencies in Washington.
"I offer myself as someone who has been here long enough to listen to you and there long enough to talk to them. It is a combination that makes for a congressman who can hit the ground running and deliver results for rural Arizona," DuVal said in the press release announcing his candidacy.
He said his priorities are the issues of health care, education and retirement security, and that he is the only viable candidate with the clout that comes from experience.
"Clout to bring the federal government to the table when that is what suits the interests of our communities, and the clout to keep it away when we know we can do better on our own," DuVal said in his release.
He was a top assistant to Babbitt between 1980 and 1985, responsible for legislative programs, including the design and passage of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.
He worked for Clinton from 1993 through 1997. He was Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States, organizing and hosting visits of foreign presidents to Washington, D.C., and managing diplomatic accreditation for the U.S.
In 1997 he became the White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. He was responsible for the policy relationship between the federal government and the 50 governors, the mayors, county elected officials and Native American Tribes.
According to the release, DuVal was an important participant in all White House policy developments concerning Native Americans.
Party affiliation: Democrat
Years in Arizona: 14
Diane Prescott, a Cottonwood attorney, brings a long history of community service to the race.
A teacher and an artist, she has also worked in the investment and real estate industries.
Her parents both suffered with Alzheimer's, so she and her husband opened and operated a state licensed adult care home.
One of her special interests is wildlife preservation.
In her law practice she has focused on probate, wills, trusts, estate planning guardianships, business contracts and corporations.
Since her legal work is primarily with senior citizens, Prescott has made protection of the Social Security and Medicare systems a priority.
"I would vote against privatization of the Social Security system. It will take a trillion dollars to set up and it would put funds at risk for people who depend on that income. It is on the top burner for the White House and I am firmly against it. Who would the government hire to manage it?" Prescott said.
She added her experience in the investment world has given her a healthy distrust of a system with so much risk.
She said there are other ways to encourage people to save and invest.
Regarding Medicare, Prescott said there are a lot of people in crisis because they cannot afford their prescriptions.
"We need to help them," she said. Among the possible solutions: a system of low premiums and co-pays.
"Age qualifications could be brought down, so more people in need could make use of the system," Prescott said.
Another priority is providing a quality education for all students. She said there are any number of federal grant opportunities available for education, but when she talks to teachers about them, they tell her they don't have the time to apply.
Her solution is a plan to have a grant writer on her staff available to help teachers and school administrators learn about and apply for all the federal funds available.
Prescott plans to be in Payson for the Rodeo Parade, Aug. 17, but is also available to meet with any clubs, organizations or groups in private homes. For more information, contact her office at (928) 649-9887.
Party affiliation: Republican
Years in Arizona: 59
Lewis Tenney, a small business owner and veteran political leader, says that his experience has given him a unique understanding of the challenges facing rural Arizonans.
"A strong rural economy is vital so we can continue to live, work and play in what we consider greater Arizona," the former Navajo County supervisor said. "If chosen, I will fight for you in Washington against the federal bureaucracy and liberal establishment, as I have done consistently in this district for over 40 years."
Tenney, who has received the endorsements of state Representative Jake Flake and Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen, believes that small businesses are the backbone of rural America and should be allowed to prosper without unnecessary federal regulation. The Heber resident currently owns the Best Western Sawmill Inn, Building Materials Wholesale Heber, Tenney Trailer Park and several other businesses.
"My parents raised me with a great love for this country and to fight for freedom from government intervention and repression," said Tenney. "This nation was founded as a republic affording all Americans rights and freedoms under the constitution."
In addition to serving the past five years as a county supervisor, Tenney has served on local school boards for 25 years. He just finished a term as president of the Arizona County Supervisors Association, was elected to the National Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee, and was appointed by Gov. Jane Hull to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and the State Committee on Forest and Health.
Tenney also expresses an interest in and concern for the environment.
"It is important that we preserve our rural heritage with balanced land planning and wise use of our natural resources," he said. "I will continue to fight to protect water rights across rural Arizona.
"We must be good stewards of our environment and work to leave this land a better place for future generations."
Other issues Tenney promises to address if elected include parental choice and local control in education; ensuring the affordability and availability of adequate health care for working families; and protecting Social Security for future generations.
The candidate emphasizes his roots in the newly-created congressional district.
"My family and I have lived, worked, gone to school, to church and voted in this district for over 40 years," Tenney said.
The fourth-generation Arizonan has been married to Mary Tenney for 39 years. They have 11 children and 24 grandchildren.
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Party affiliation: Republican
Years in Arizona: 53
Arizona native Bruce Whiting brings a lifetime of history in the new congressional district to the CD1 race.
Whiting was born in Holbrook and grew up in Fredonia and Flagstaff. He earned accounting and law degrees from Brigham Young University.
He has served as corporate counsel for his family's Kaibab Industries, on its board of directors and is now its president.
His family's companies Whiting Brothers service stations and Kaibab Industries have had business interests throughout the new district, including: timber, ranching, gas stations and real estate.
Kaibab is currently concentrating its investments in the development of property in Payson, including a retail shopping area, Sawmill Crossing, the Sawmill Theaters, and the Whiting gasoline service station.
When environmental policies forced the closure of Kaibab's sawmill in Fredonia, Whiting discovered a powerful passion for protecting the rights of rural Arizonans. It is that passion that has led him into the crowded race for the new district one Congressional seat.
Whiting says he will work to protect personal property rights; adopt reasonable federal land use policies and reform the Endangered Species Act; protect Social Security and Medicare and keep faith with senior citizens and American Veterans; cut taxes, reduce spending and allow people to keep more of what they earn; and work to get a fair wage for the men and women in uniform.
Addressing federal land use policies, Whiting said we would not be having the fires we are now having if there was a reasonable federal land use policy.
"Wildfires happen because we have too much fuel on the ground and in the forest. In the last 10 to 15 years the Forest Service has lost (logging), one of the only tools it has for keeping the forests clean. You can burn it or clean it manually. I want us to be able to go back and clean it manually, I don't want us to burn it," Whiting said.
He would like to establish a dialog on how to thin the forests, setting aside large trees and old growth.
"We need to provide the Forest Service with the option to establish long term partnerships (for forest management)" he said.
Right now, all the Forest Service can do in regard to logging, is put up small parcels for bidding.
On the topic of Social Security, Whiting said the program must first be adequately funded, then the raids on the fund must stop.
"Social Security is our commitment to the previous generation," he said.
His proposed hands-off policy does not mean the system does not have to be worked on to get a better return.
Medicare and the prescription drug issue is one of the first things Whiting wants to work on. "We need to get affordable drugs for seniors. They get hurt first and the worst," he said.