He's a retired IBM manager, and has worked in non-profit organizations. Now, Tom Best is running for mayor of Greenville against Mayor Allen Thomas.
Best says the opportunity presented itself, and he's been asked by people to run for years.
He says he's eager for the campaign process to get underway.
"I look forward to working with everyone in this whole process, and certainly serving all of the people of Greenville, all of the businesses of Greenville, all of the taxpayers, all the students that live here, everyone," said Best.
Best graduated from N.C. State with a bachelor of science degree, and has lived in Greenville for the past 30 years.