Jose "Joe" Sanchez said Gila County needs experience on its board of supervisors, and he's just the man for the job.
Sanchez has served in the position for more than two years and is the only incumbent running in the three county districts.
"I think it's critical to have experience that has worked well in District 2," he said. "We're not separated into north and south. Each district has things that are unique, but we accomplish more when we work together."
Sanchez was born in Miami, Ariz. to parents who had emigrated from Spain. His father came to work in the mines, but he was told he was too short. So he worked as a barber instead.
Sanchez grew up in Miami, spent three years in the Army and married his wife, Ginger, in 1961. They have two sons and two grandchildren.
Sanchez worked for the postal service for 35 years before he retired and got into politics. He served as mayor of Miami from 1995 to 2001.
He was appointed to the Gila County Board of Supervisors for District 2 after Bunch Guerro passed away. Sanchez was elected to the position in 2002.
"Because of tough economic times, the county needs experienced leadership," he said. "I'd be the only supervisor with any experience as an elected city official."
Sanchez said he has worked successfully with the Arizona Legislature and Congressman Rick Renzi in the past, and has worked with every city in both Gila and Pinal Counties through the Central Arizona Association of Governments.
His style of leadership works well because he enlists the help of regular citizens, he said.
"I recognize the needs of citizens, ask for their input and enlist their help and support because they are very familiar with the needs of their communities," he said.
Sanchez said he is looking forward to the campaign because it will be an opportunity to meet with people, find out their concerns and find out what services they would like to see from the county board in the future.
His campaign slogan is "Together Everyone Achieves More." In a recent statement, Sanchez wrote, "TEAM Sanchez is ready, willing and able, with your help, to lead Gila County in a positive direction that will be beneficial to all of the residents of our great Gila County."