Posts Tagged ‘Arizona politics’
The most important vote you can cast this year is your vote for President.
Here are my other endorsements/recommendations:
U.S. Senate – Jeff Flake
U.S. House of Representatives – David Schweikert
District 15 State Senator – Nancy Barto
District 15 State Rep – John Allen, Heather Carter
Corporation Commission – Bob Burns/Bob Stump/Susan Bitter Smith
County Board of Supervisors – Andy Kunasek
County Assessor – Keith Russell
County Attorney – Bill Montgomery
County Recorder – Helen Purcell
County School Superintendent – Don Covey
Sheriff – Arpaio
County Treasurer – Charles “Hos” Hoskins
Central AZ Water Conservation District (up to 5):
Deer Valley School Board:
Prop 114 – Yes
Prop 115 – Yes
Prop 116 – Yes
Prop 117 – Yes
Prop 118 – Yes
Prop 119 – No
Prop 120 – Yes
Prop 121 – No
Prop 204 – No
Vernon Parker, Mayor of Paradise Valley, AZ, is likely to announce tonight that he is running for Governor. Thus he will be the first major Republican in Arizona to jump into a race against incumbent Republican Governor Jan Brewer.
So now it gets interesting. With Parker’s entrance into the race, the line has been crossed – that is, he is the first to make a move sending the signal that he isn’t waiting to see whether Brewer decides to run for re-election or not. Watch for others to follow suit.
Parker is a solid guy. The question is whether he’s ready for prime time. When the Arizona Republic wrote about him considering a run last month, half the story was about alleged legal issues.
He will have the novelty factor in that, at this point, he is the only African-American Republican in the nation running for a Governor’s seat and if he won, he’d be the first African-American Republican Governor in history. He will also immediately begin to be compared to Obama.
I suspect that this could end up being a crowded Republican primary race. Besides Parker, others reportedly mulling include Secretary of State Ken Bennett, State Treasurer Dean Martin, former Governor Fife Symington, Tucson attorney John Munger, former US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, among others. With a multi-candidate race, who knows what could happen.
One thing is for certain: Jan Brewer has a target on her.