Kane County resident and businessman James R. “Jim” Baker has announced his intention of running for the office of Kane County Commissioner - Seat A, in the local 2010 election.

Baker is no stranger to the political scene. He has remained actively involved in different issues on local, state and national levels since the mid-1980’s. Politics and community involvement, he says, are lifelong passions, and stated he believes that “Right now, steering our different levels of government back towards the functions that our nation’s Constitution provides for is of utmost importance. It’s do or die in 2010.”

He is quoted as saying: “To this position I will bring responsible conservative values, a hard-won reputation for quality, fair and honest dealing, responsible financial management, a strong advocacy for business and industry and all of the drive and tenacity that the position requires.”

Baker founded a motorcyclist’s rights organization in the mid-1980’s in Salt Lake City, and also served on the original steering committee for the Washington, DC-based Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation.

He has testified before several Utah State House and Senate Subcommittees on motorcycle safety and Second Amendment-related issues. He has also served on Kane County Search and Rescue as a tracker and quartermaster, and currently serves as Chairman of the Kane County Land Use Authority (Planning and Zoning) and as vice-chair of the Kane County Republican Party. He has served on several other Kane County and Kanab City committees as well.

As a younger man in the 1970’s, Baker served in the United States Army as a gunner and crewchief on Huey helicopters in an Air Cavalry Unit and later in an assault helicopter company in South Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1982. He attended Central Texas College Overseas and has remained continuously involved in technical and business training.

Baker has been a full-time resident of Kane County since 1999, when he and his family left the Salt Lake valley and moved to an unincorporated area just outside of Kanab City. He is married to Sandy Baker and has one teenage son remaining at home. He currently owns and operates a full-service garage business in Kanab City - Lost Highway, Inc.