If there is a patriarch of rural, small-town Arizona politics, it's Jake Flake, R-Snowflake.
The native Arizonan has served in the Arizona House of Representatives since 1997 and is wrapping up a term as house speaker. Now Flake is campaigning for a seat in the Arizona Senate. His political life started at the grass-roots level. He's sponsored legislation in the House of Representatives to manage growth and provide open spaces.
Flake, who must give up the speaker position because of term limits, is running for the District 5 Senate seat that has been held by Senate Minority Leader Jack Brown, D-St. Johns. Brown is trying to switch seats with Flake.
Politically, Flake identifies himself as a strong conservative and says Arizona's future lies in the strength of its families, not the size of its government.