Gary Clark, 56, of Thayer has announced that he is a candidate for the office of Mayor, subject to the April 7 election.
Clark is married to Becky Clark who works as a nighttime cook at the Stateline Restaurant.
Clark said, although he is not the most well-known candidate, his family has lived in Thayer and the surrounding area since the 1850s, making him a sixth generation resident.
"We need to get the town of Thayer up on its feet and running again like it should be ran," Clark said. "That includes helping out the small business people of the community. That is how Thayer was born -- by keeping the small businesses going."
Clark said this will be accomplished by supporting the small businesses and the railroad by shopping locally.
"(Thayer) is like the whole United States, we are in a recession and everybody is going to have to work together to get back on track."