P.V. mayor moves toward entry into Arizona gov's race

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Paradise Valley mayor Vernon Parker is moving toward entering the 2010 race for the Republican nomination for governor, saying incumbent Jan Brewer's proposed tax increase would hurt the state and that he offers a needed change in course.

In remarks prepared for an evening speech to a Republican gathering, the 49-year-old said "now is the time to nominate someone to unite Republicans instead of dividing them."

Parker served in the administrations of both Presidents Bush and as an aide in unsuccessful campaigns of the last two GOP gubernatorial candidates.

He formally created an exploratory committee on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he barely stopped short of declaring his candidacy outright.

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