Smith praises Parker for leadership, focus on job creation
PHOENIX, ARIZ. APRIL 9, 2010. Just one week after announcing a first-quarter fundraising total of $230,000,Paradise ValleyMayor Vernon Parker today received the endorsement ofTASER International Chairmanand Co-Founder Tom Smith. The renowned Arizona businessman, who considered a run in theThird Congressional Districtearlier this year, will serve as Parker’s finance chair and asenior advisor.
“Mayor Parker is dynamic, he’s a leader and he has the potential to be one of the most compelling new Republican voices in our state and across the country,” Smith said. “I’m proud to stand beside a candidate and neighbor who truly believes that job creation and economic growth are the keys toArizona’s future.”
TASER currently employs more than 300 Arizonans at its North Scottsdale facility and has created thousands of additional jobs throughout Arizona since the company’s inception in 1993.
“TASER’s ability to create jobs and stimulate our economy is one of the most impressive success stories in Arizona. Our campaign is on a roll and Tom’s support just put an exclamation mark on our momentum,” Parker said.
Parker, 50, is the current mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona. He previously served the administrations of George H.W. Bush, George W. 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.
He is supported byMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Congressman Matt Salmon andPhoenix City CouncilmanSal DiCiccio among many others.
Raised by his grandmother in a severely underprivileged neighborhood, Parker was able to escape the drugs and violence through love, education and the commitment of family. He was recently recognized byNBCNews/thegrio.com as one of America’s top 100African American leaders.