Vernon Parker - Republican U.S. Congressional Candidate in Arizona congressional district 3 Raised by his grandmother in a severely underprivileged neighborhood, Parker was able to escape the drugs and violence of his environment through the lessons of personal responsibility, education and the commitment of family. • Long-time Arizona resident. Married for almost 20 years to Lisa, a native Arizonan. • Served as Mayor of Paradise Valley and is a small businessman—nominated for small-business of the year award. • Served as a Special Assistant at the White House under George H.W. Bush and as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture under George W. Bush. • Served for two years as an interim pastor of a local church. • Graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C. and holds a finance degree from California State University, Long Beach. • Served as member of the National and Greater Phoenix Salvation Army Board and Christian Family Care Agency. • Endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, former Congressman Matt Salmon, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, the AZ2010 Project and Taser International Chairman Tom Smith.