Small Business Backs Parker in Arizona’s Newly Formed 9th Congressional District

NFIB cites candidate’s strong positions on small business issues

PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 17, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for former Paradise Valley mayor Vernon Parker in the 9th Congressional District race.

Vernon Parker

“Vernon Parker is very clear that the new federal health care law damages the economy and takes an especially heavy toll on small businesses,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots.  “We’re encouraged by his pledge to repeal the law and, more generally, to reduce the scope and power of the federal government over decisions that are more appropriately made by small businesses and their customers.”

Parker faces former state legislator Kyrsten Sinema, whose voting record on small businesses was very disappointing.
At the start of every legislative session, NFIB ballots its members to identify their positions on key issues.  The organization then tracks the votes of every member of the Legislature and applies a simple score from zero to 100 percent (the best).  As a legislator, Sinema voted with Arizona small businesses only 26 percent of the time.

“Small businesses in Arizona need an advocate in Washington who will stand with them through the tough issues,” said NFIB Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan.  “Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t have a strong record on the issues that concern our members and they believe that Vernon Parker will be a much more reliable ally in Washington.”

Parker’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Vernon Parker this coming Election Day.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at

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