Lifelong resident Jack Withers, a Democrat, is running for Commissioner District 1, an office he currently occupies, in the upcoming Primary election.
"It's a very difficult job because of all the financial aspects," Withers, who has been in office for six years, said.
"I want to do what little bit I can do, and hopefully the people of Clay County will understand that."
He said he doesn't do the job for the pay.
"I'm the type of individual who has to be doing something," he said. "I like the aspect of the job."
During this term, Withers said the commissioners have done a lot of ditching work with the ditching machine they purchased.
"There are 650 miles of road, and each mile has a ditch on either side," he said. "It just takes time to get to it all."
He asked the county residents to be patient when waiting for ditching work.
Working on ditches isn't the only thing Withers said the commissioners plan to work on in the next year.
"There could be some major things happening to help in road repair for 2012," Withers said. "I'm not saying that to get votes, but if this happens, it could greatly benefit the county."
Withers began his career at General Motors in 1956.
After being laid off due to the recession, Withers took employment with Tredegar in Terre Haute. In 1975, he purchased Jack's Fine Foods, named after himself, and ran the butcher shop until 2000.
Withers, who is married with two children, had two terms in the treasurer's office.
Then, he was elected to fill out a commissioner term for David Parr. After completing that term, he was elected for a four-year term.
Withers encouraged readers to vote during the election and for young people to get more involved in county politics through voting or party meetings.