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 in their parties in the Sept. 10 primary election, with the final congressional choice made at the Nov. 5 general election.
Each Friday, the Roundup will publish profiles of those 16 candidates. Last Friday featured Fred Duval (Democrat), Diane Prescott (Democrat), Lewis Tenny (Republican) and Bruce Whiting (Republican).
Party affiliation: Republican
Years in Arizona: 10
District One congressional candidate Alan Everett, most recently the mayor of Sedona, has been active in Republican causes for more than 38 years, beginning as a volunteer in Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign.
First elected to the Sedona City Council in 1996, Everett said his focus, if elected to the new seat, will be on quality of life issues in rural Arizona.
"The new district is so vast that we must work on issues vital to the different regions of the district," he said. "Some issues can be addressed by government; some by neighbors helping each other. I believe in finding the most expedient, efficient and cost-effective methods of solving problems."
Because most of the land in District One is owned by the United States, Everett says it's important to elect somebody who has worked with the federal government.
"To retain, and in some locations improve our quality of life, we must work with the various federal agencies that deal with land and natural resources," he said. "I have that experience."
Everett grew up in Chandler when it was a rural community, graduating from Chandler High School. He then attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and graduated from Arizona State University in 1965. He later received his MBA from the University of Chicago.
After a career as an executive of a major oil company and the founder of several small businesses, Everett and his wife settled in Sedona 10 years ago.
"We have always loved the lifestyle in rural Arizona," he said. "As Chandler grew, we wanted to live in a smaller city with the rural atmosphere we enjoyed. I want to work with the people of rural Arizona to preserve this lifestyle. Due to my experience as mayor of Sedona, I believe I can be particularly effective in this area."
The candidate became mayor of Sedona in 1998, a post he resigned to run for congress.
He currently serves as the first chair of the Yavapai County Republican Committee, a position he has held since 1997, and he has been a member of the state Republican Executive Committee for the past five years.
He also formed Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity to assist with affordable housing and worked with an ASU alumni group to provide funding for arts programs and scholarships for northern Arizona.
Everett has been married to Marla Frost for 36 years. They have two children and one grandchild.
For more information, Everett can be reached at (928) 443-5492. His website is www.alaneverett.com.
Party affiliation: Republican
Years in Arizona: 23
Residence: Munds Park
Sydney Hay brings a history of political activism to the race.
She was the chief organizer of a statewide tax limitation initiative, amending the Arizona Constitution to make it tougher for politicians to raise taxes. Hay also led a successful campaign to repeal the tax on livestock, and worked to pass the tuition tax credit law.
Hay is a former teacher and small business owner.
She has lived in Arizona since 1979, and is originally from Colorado.
For the past eight years, Hay has served as executive director of Arizona Mining and Industry Get Our Support, a trade association of small to mid-size businesses that supply the copper mining industry. She is also the president of her own public affairs and association-management firm.
According to information on her website, SydneyHay.org, Hay stands firm on behalf of limited government, the sanctity of life and private property rights.
Hay explained her position on limited government is not to pass laws, but repeal them.
"Too many Republicans go to Congress and vote for the same spending bills, but only a little less, and call it limiting government, or go along with the move toward socialism, but only a little slower.
"Every vote should be evaluated to see if it is within the function of the federal government at all. The federal government is too big, too intrusive, it spends too much, it taxes too much and it regulates too much. Federal government should be put back in the box where it belongs," Hay said.
She said she is pro-life. "The Declaration of Independence guarantees the right to life, and I believe that extends to the unborn."
Regarding private property rights, Hay said that is where the federal government is out of control. She contends that there is so much over-regulation, it deprives people of property rights and does not compensate them. Hay said that is stealing and it happens at all levels of government.
She also supports tax reform, citizens' right to keep and bear arms, strong national defense, term limits, parental choice in education and judges who respect the Constitution.
Party affiliation: Democrat
Years in Arizona: 33
Sam Martinez fervently believes the person elected to the U.S. Congress in Arizona's newly created first district should be a native of that district.
"I am proud to be campaigning to represent the district that has made me who I am today," Martinez said. "Several candidates ... are motivated by political opportunity. I am one of the only candidates out of the 15 who can say that I have genuine roots in AZ-01."
While Martinez was born and raised in the district, he lived in the Valley for awhile. Besides him, candidates considered natives of the district are Steve Udall, Derrick Watchman and Lewis Tenney.
Martinez says the voters in District 1 share his concern about the large number of carpetbaggers in the race.
"Many candidates are talking about their devotion to rural Arizona," he said, "but I have heard over and over from voters, 'We can grow our own leaders. We don't need to import a carpetbagger.' One of the first questions that I'm asked on the campaign trail is, 'Where are you from?'"
Being a native, he believes, makes him especially attuned to the important issues facing the residents of District 1.
"This may be a new congressional district, but the problems that citizens face are not new at all," he said. "I know these challenges firsthand and I believe that this qualifies me to be a true representative. I don't need to walk in their shoes to understand. I have worn the same shoes all my life."
Martinez's family roots in Arizona date back to the 1600s. He was born and raised in Holbrook and graduated from Holbrook High School.
After high school, he worked in local stores to pay his way through his first years at Northern Arizona University. He eventually earned a degree in finance at Arizona State University.
After college, Martinez joined a mortgage brokerage firm where he soon became a top producer. Seeing an opportunity, he founded Carnegie First, a mortgage bank serving Arizona and surrounding states.
Martinez considers himself a conservative Democrat whose political philosophy has been shaped by the district and the people he hopes to serve. He is viewed by party leaders as a young professional with the business ties needed to expand the reach and appeal of the party.
Martinez is single.
For more information, Martinez can be reached at 888-799-5105.
His website is www.martinez2002.com.
Party affiliation: Democrat
Years in Arizona: 59
Residence: St. Johns
With the candidacy of Steve Udall for congress, yet another member of Arizona's most famous political family has entered the national political arena.
Udall is proud of his family, which has produced a secretary of the interior to two presidents and a solicitor general to another, four members of congress (including the legendary Mo Udall), two chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court, two mayors of Phoenix, and five county attorneys.
"My family came to Apache County in the 1870s," Udall said. "We are a large family one with a few liberals, a few conservatives, and more moderates than you can count.... We've been around for awhile, so my cousin Mark is probably right when he describes rural Arizona as a place where you can't spit without hitting a Udall."
A life-long rancher and community leader, Udall is a six-term Apache County prosecutor who says his priorities if elected will include:
Providing more rural jobs by growing existing businesses and attracting new ones.
Improving educational opportunities and accountability.
Fighting to keep Social Security solvent for future generations.
Ensuring an adequate water supply for rural Arizona.
Working for a prescription drug benefit as part of Medicare.
Fighting terrorism and strengthening homeland and national security.
Working to build bipartisan consensus in rural Arizona and congress.
"Our strength what is special about us is our great diversity," Udall said in announcing his candidacy. "What is special about us is that we often have competing visions of where we ought to take rural Arizona in the years ahead."
That makes the choice of a first member of congress an especially important one, Udall believes.
"This will be an election about who we are and what matters to us about whether we see ourselves as just another urban district with fewer stoplights and more pickup trucks, or as people guided by distinctive values, beliefs and priorities," he said.
Udall feels his strength lies in his rural roots.
"The people of Apache County did not re-elect me six times because they agreed with every decision I made. They kept me around for 25 years because they knew I could be trusted to listen, to do the best job I could, and to put the best traditions of public service above all else," he said.
Udall, who has lived in rural Arizona his entire life, is married to Mary Lou (Merrill) Udall. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
For more information, Udall can be reached at 888-676-1200 or at www.udall2002.com.