Ted Thayer asks himself a daily question: What have you done today to make a difference?
Thayer is hoping to answer that question by winning the election for the District 3 Gila County Board of Supervisors.
"It's time to give back," he said.
Thayer, 63, grew up in California and joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He served during the Vietnam era, but was never called to active duty.
Thayer went into radio in 1959 at a Flagstaff station. In 1967 he, his wife Claudette and their two children moved to Tucson where he became chief engineer of KIXX, now KSAZ.
Thayer and his wife moved to Globe-Miami after their children were grown. He first worked as a newsman for KQSS, then signed on as a news anchor on KIKO four years later.
In 2000 Thayer left broadcasting and worked as vice chairman for the Gila County Democratic Party. After the general election, he worked as a detention officer at the Gila County jail until April 2004, when he resigned to run for county supervisor.
Thayer said his experience as a communicator will be key in the election.
"If you're going to be a politician, you've either got to be a lying, yellow, scum-sucking dog or you have to be a good talker," he said. "All my life has been working in communications."
One of his major ideas is to continue and improve economic development in Gila County. That includes better technology, better roads and affordable housing.
Thayer said a lot of younger people can't move to the area because there aren't enough apartments.
"We need solid mortgages that kids can afford. Otherwise they have to move to the Valley and find a place to live and raise our grandchildren," he said.
"We need change, but it's not necessarily needed in the government. We need the government to be the cheerleader in attracting development."
Essentially, the county government needs to be more efficient, more responsive and encouraging of economic development, he said.
In a statement posted on his website, Thayer wrote that he seeks the Gila County District 3 supervisor seat "as a way to continue the contributions his family has given to our great state of Arizona."