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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  1. Parker has the skinniest resume’ of any gubernatorial hopeful in memory. Mayor of one Arizona’s tiniest towns. That would be some big leap to the 9th floor. Is there more than one zip code in Paradise Valley? Why would we turn the problem of solving Arizona’s fiscal train wreck over to a novice like Vernon Parker? I’m actually glad to see McCain’s minions jumping on the Parker bandwagon. Just glad they didn’t pick a viable candidate.

  2. Read Bull Wrote Bull says

    It struck me that we have a case of Twain-esque “history rhyming” here. When Sarah Palin was named as McCain’s running mate, the legacy media conveniently carved large chunks of her resume out of the public narrative, referring to her nearly ubiquitously as “the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska”. Vernon Parker has served in the administrations of both Presidents Bush (including time as a Special Assistant to Bush 41). Sarah Palin came from very humble beginnings but achieved some pretty astonishing successes, as has Vernon Parker. To make it all the way from the poverty of “the street” to the White House is no small accomplishment. The left and the legacy media (a redundancy – I know) were scared to death of Sarah Palin, so they focused exclusively on her being the mayor of a small town. I see a little bit of history repeating.

  3. Read Bull, If having a wealth of experience in government life is the answer, then we have the perfect governor in place. I would submit to you based on her performance over the past 8 months, that is not the case.

  4. Like I said, I think it’s wonderful you are sold on Parker. You’re right. Parker is practically stepping down from the White House to the Governor’s office. Absolutely. I stand corrected. He is goiong to be a great governor! You just keep putting your effort and resources into Vernon Parker and that John something from Tucson. Please.

  5. Mr. Conservative says

    Read Bull, The McCain people are supporting Munger, not Parker… Sounds like you really don’t know what you’re talking about… What a big surprise, not!

  6. Mr. C, I don’t blame you for trying to push McCain off on Munger. And it would be a good fit. Six figure salaries for teachers would be a policy right up McCain’s ally.

    Parker’s opposition to the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative must be what drew the McAmnesty camp to Parker’s big announcement at Politics On The Rocks. (Boy, you can say that again!)

  7. And in the inner battles within District Eleven, Vernon has shown himself to be a stalwart McCaniac.

    I know he’s taking the correct public stance on immigration….now but I smell a McCain “ringer”
    to drain off conservative votes in the primary.

    I could well be mistaken, but this is one horse who, as the cliche says, should be looked in the mouth!

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