The Republic's Daniel Gonzalez recently wrote a story about the diminished clout of African American's in Arizona and completely ignored Vernon Parker--who is arguably the most high profile African American political leader in Arizona. Parker was the Mayor of Paradise Valley and was the Republican Nominee in the District 9 Congressional race against Kyrsten Sinema. I think that Gonzalez overlooked Parker because he simply assumed that successful African American elected officials are Democrats. So when he listed them out, he never considered Parker. That is, of course, the most charitable light in which to put the mistake. It's also possible that Gonzalez simply ignored Parker because he didn't think that a Republican could really count as an Afircan-American leader.
Either way, you would think that somebody at the Republic would have noticed that an article about African-American Leaders that went so far as to profile Tempe Councilman Corey Woods had left out the former Mayor of Paradise Valley.
I recently interviewed Vernon Parker about a wide variety of topics, which included his thoughts on the article. I also asked him about his current plans and he said that he is teaming up with former Representative Lucy Mason to run for the Corporation Commission. So I'll post that as my news of the day.
I'll post the full interview once I transcribe it.