Paradise ValleyMayor Vernon Parker CompletesClean ElectionsFundraisingIn Just 41 Days
NOV. 6, 2009. Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker turns 50 later this month but his biggest news may be the hundreds of donors that have flocked to his campaign since announcing his gubernatorialexploratory committeein late September.
As of Tuesday night, Parker had already completed the maximum amount of fundraising permitted byArizona’s Clean Elections system. The system permits candidates to raise $51,250 from individuals in no more than $140 increments. This money can then be used to organize other requirements for the ballot, including qualifying for over $700,000 for theGOPPrimary next year and $1.4 million to take onTerry Goddard.
“Talking to people all over the state, there is an incredible dissatisfaction with incumbents and career politicians. That, coupled with our emerging conservative reform agenda, is what I believe is responsible for this great showing,” Parker said. “I told people that we are going to shake it up and defy the odds. I have been doing that all my life. This goes to show how much the momentum is building, and should send a strong message to career politicians.”
Parker will turn 50 later this month and is the current mayor ofParadise Valley, Arizona. He has previously served the administrations of George H.W. Bush, George Bush, as anAssistant Secretaryfor the $90 billionUnited 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 inLong Beach, California, Parker was able to escape the drugs and violence through love, education and the commitment of family.