OCT. 22, 2009. In apublic opinion surveyreleased yesterday by the real estate group NAIOP,Paradise ValleyMayor Vernon Parker polled ahead ofSecretary of StateKen Bennettand Tucson lawyer John Munger, and was only 9 points behindJan Brewer.
Survey results for the 2010 Republican Primary showed Brewer at 16 percent,State TreasurerDean Martinat 14 percent, Valley businessman Robert Graham at 9 percent, Parker at 7 percent, Ken Bennett with 6 percent of the vote and Munger at 3 percent.
“Republicans will not beat a career politician likeTerry Goddardwith another one from theGOP,” said Parker. “We need a fresh voice, new message and someone who can fight on Terry’s turf rather than he on ours.”
Parker, 49, is the current mayor ofParadise Valley, Arizona. He has previously served the administrations ofGeorge H.W. BushandGeorge Bushas anAssistant Secretaryfor theUnited States Department of Agricultureand is a small businessman, and was a pastor for two years at a small non-denominational church in Paradise Valley.