Bob Donahue of Cornville in the Verde Valley, is one of two Democrats vying to challenge District 1 Congressman Rick Renzi. Paul Babbitt of Flagstaff is the other Democrat courting the voters for a shot at Washington, D.C.
Donahue has been in Arizona since 1944 and in the Verde Valley since 1999. He made his home in Flagstaff before that.
"I'm running because the current representative is not representative of Arizona," Donahue said. "Renzi would be a fine representative for Virginia."
"I want to help pass along a vibrant, healthy State to my children and grandchildren," he said,"That's why I'm running for office.My vision for Arizona includes preserving the best of her wild vistas as well as utilizing her resources for our prosperity.It includes working for jobs for our children who want to stay in our communities and for fair wages and affordable and available health insurance."
The candidate currently operates a care center for senior citizens in the Verde Valley. Previously he owned and operated Donahue Equipment Company in Flagstaff, a distributor for John Deere and Bob Cat equipment.
An unsuccessful candidate for the State Senate in 2002, Donahue said that race is what helped him decide to enter the 2004 Congressional battle.
"For the past several years I've been quite involved in national forest preservation," Donahue said. He has worked on such issues as development in riparian areas.
He said he thinks forest health is being approached from the wrong direction.
"Removal of environmental restraints is wrong," Donahue said. He said he believes the beetle-killed trees should be taken out and small diameter trees should be taken out too.