Potential Candidate for AZ Governor Beat the Odds All His Life; Ready to Take on State’s Challenges
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz - November 5, 2009 – When life provided Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker with its toughest challenges, he not only rose to meet those challenges, he overcame them.
A new two-minute campaign spot, released today, tells his amazing story. It’s a story that could have ended in despair instead of triumph – if it weren’t for Parker’s tenacious spirit and drive.
Parker grew up without a father in a neighborhood that beat down many people with its gangs, violence and drugs. He was raised by his grandmother, who cleaned houses to support the family. Although she had a limited education and couldn’t read, she taught him his most important lesson: never take the easy way out.
Parker not only became the first member of his family to graduate college, he went on to Georgetown University Law Center. He not only became a lawyer, he served as General Counsel of the United States Office of Personnel Management before he was 30 and was asked by President George H.W. Bush to serve as Special Assistant in the White House.
Parker returned to federal service after a two-year stint as interim pastor at his church in Paradise Valley.
Parker was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U. S. Senate as the first ever Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Agriculture.
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