Parker changes mind on running for Ariz. governor

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker is abandoning his possible candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor to run instead for Congress.

Parker is running for the 3rd District seat now held by U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, a Republican who has announced he will not run for re-election.

Parker has been "exploring" a candidacy for governor for several months, but he confirmed Tuesday that he won't run for governor. He then released a statement announcing his intention to run for Congress.

His decision leaves a Republican primary field that includes Gov. Jan Brewer, State Treasurer Dean Martin and Tucson attorney John Munger. Yavapai County businessman Owen "Buz" Mills also is exploring a possible candidacy.

Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard is expected to announce his candidacy soon.