By Lindsay Butler
Paul Babbitt has been in Arizona most of his life, and wants to take his experience to Washington, D.C. as one of the state's congressmen.
Babbitt, a Democrat, is running for the First District seat in the House of Representatives, which includes Payson and most of rural Arizona.
Babbitt grew up in Flagstaff and attended Flagstaff High School.
From there he attended college at Seattle University, received a degree in history and went into the United States Army.
After his time in the service, he returned to Flagstaff to work in the family business.
"My home is Flagstaff," he said.
"I've been in public service since 1976."
Babbitt has served on the Flagstaff City Council, was mayor of Flagstaff for two terms and then served on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.
He has never lost an election.
"I'm committed to the small towns across Arizona," he said. "I think my experience will serve us all well."
Babbitt wants to focus on forest fire prevention, job creation in rural areas, education and the cost of health care.
For more information visit www.PaulBabbitt.com.