Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mayor Parker Announces Tempe Mayor Hallman as Chair of Governor Campaign Committee

Hugh Hallman, the well-known and well-regarded Republican Mayor of Tempe, has taken on another leadership position: Chairman of Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker’s Exploratory Campaign for Governor.

The two recently joined Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane in a guest column opposing a $100 million sales tax subsidy for a north Phoenix shopping center.

“Vernon Parker is the fresh new voice our party and state needs right now,” said Hallman. “He has an innovative agenda and the right temperament to lead Arizona. Every now and then you get particularly excited about someone running for office. That’s the way I feel about Mayor Parker, should he choose to run,” Hallman said.

Now in his second term as Mayor of Tempe, Hallman is viewed by many to be a formidable future candidate for federal or statewide office. Known for being whip smart and a tenacious advocate, Hallman’s organization would be a real boost for Parker. Hallman recently took over as Headmaster at Tempe Prep, one of the best charter schools in the state.
“Hugh is one of the most thoughtful and brightest individuals I have ever met, and I am humbled that he believes in me enough to chair my campaign. I know his support will give me every chance to win. Mayor Hallman has fought for effective change in Tempe. And I look forward to his counsel for doing the same on a statewide level,” said Parker.

Parker, 49, is the current mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona. He has previously served the administrations of George H.W. Bush, George Bush, as an Assistant Secretary for the $90 billion United States Department of Agriculture, small businessman, and as a pastor for two years at a small non-denominational church in Paradise Valley.

Parker has the most compelling life story of any candidate emerging for Governor. Raised by his grandmother in a severely underprivileged neighborhood in Long Beach, California, Parker was able to escape the drugs and violence through love, education and the commitment of family. Noted rap star Snoop Dogg was one of Parker’s neighbors.

“I truly believe it’s going to take someone who has defied the odds to help Arizona overcome the odds now facing it,” Parker said.

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