I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Paradise Valley's Parker expected to join governor's race

Paradise Valley mayor expected to announce governor's run

Monday, September 14, 2009, 4:07pm MST  |  Modified: Monday, September 14, 2009, 6:18pm 

Phoenix Business Journal - by Mike Sunnucks

Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker is expected to announce later this month that he will take on incumbent Jan Brewer in the 2010 Republican primary.

Parker, 49, is expected to make the announcement Sept. 23 at an event at the Montelucia Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley. That would make Parker the first major Republican to officially throw his hat in the ring, however, there are numerous other likely prospects.

Brewer took over as governor in January when Janet Napolitano quit to become U.S. Homeland Security Secretary. Brewer is expected to run for reelection, but has come under fire for failure to work out a budget deal with the Legislature and for pushing a sales tax increase referendum.

Parker has been a vocal opponent of the sales tax plan. He was elected PV mayor in 2008 and is founder of VBP Group LLC, a public relations and human resource management firm.

He served in the administrations of George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. Parker would be Arizona’s first African-American governor if elected and the first Republican, African-American governor in the U.S.

In 2008, the U.S. Small Business Administration questioned federal contracts awarded to VBP and whether Parker was still a federal employee when the awards were made. Parker insists he was not direct federal worker but a consultant at the time.

Federal employees are not allowed to get in on federal procurements. Portions of that case have been dropped.

Other likely Republican candidates include Treasurer Dean Martin, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Gov. Fife Symington. Arpaio has flirted with the idea before, but never pulled the trigger.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is expected to be the Democrat’s pick for governor next year.

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