Vernon Parker

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Vernon Parker
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 9
Prior offices
Mayor, Paradise Valley
J.D.Georgetown School of Law
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Campaign website
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Vernon Parker was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Arizona.

Parker resigned from his seat on the Paradise Valley City Council in early September 2012 to focus on his congressional run. He was elected to a four-year term earlier this year.[1]


Campaign themes


Parker's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Economic Recovery
Excerpt: "Americans deserve the opportunity to have a job and provide for their family. The Obama Administration is stifling private sector economic growth and denying Americans an opportunity to work. We need tax cuts, not deficit spending, to unleash growth in America."
  • Debt
Excerpt: "The U.S. national debt stands at more that $15 trillion, and Parker is committed to making the government live within its means just like he did in Paradise Valley. We cannot continue to drown our children and grandchildren in a sea of debt, and Parker will oppose any efforts to raise the federal government’s “credit card” limit. "
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "We need leaders who will insist that border security is a national security problem for the United States. We must enforce our laws against employers who hire illegal aliens and eliminate the lawlessness along our border. By securing the California and Texas border, the federal government effectively funneled the majority of drug and human trafficking into Arizona."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Parker took the bus across town to attend a better high school, put himself through Long Beach State and earned a J.D. from Georgetown. He knows the difference an education can make, and he wants all students to have the same opportunity to change their own lives."
  • Sanctity of Life
Excerpt: " I believe all life – particularly that of the unborn – is sacred and deserves our protection. "



See also: Arizona's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Parker ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 9th District. He defeated Leah Campos Schandlbauer, Travis Grantham, Lisa Borowsky, Wendy Rogers, Martin Sepulveda and Jeff Thompson in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He lost to Kyrsten Sinema (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5][6]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained a Libertarian candidate who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Powell Gammill took in over 7,300 more votes than the number that separated Sinema and Parker.[7]

U.S. House, Arizona District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKyrsten Sinema 48.7% 121,881
     Republican Vernon B. Parker 44.6% 111,630
     Libertarian Powell Gammill 6.6% 16,630
Total Votes 250,141
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Arizona District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVernon Parker 22.5% 11,184
Lisa Borowsky 6.6% 3,281
Leah Campos Schandlbauer 4.3% 2,139
Travis Grantham 18.4% 9,179
Wendy Rogers 21% 10,479
Martin Sepulveda 20.4% 10,165
Jeff Thompson 6.7% 3,358
Total Votes 49,785

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Parker's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Parker did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Parker's campaign committee raised a total of $1,196,197 and spent $1,170,857.[8]


Parker was endorsed by former President George H.W. Bush. A full list of endorsements can be found here.[9]


Parker and his wife, Lisa, have two children.[10]

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