Congressional hopeful resigns Paradise Valley post

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Vernon Parker has resigned from his seat on the Paradise Valley Town Council to focus on his run for Congress.

Parker won the Republican nomination for Arizona's 9th Congressional District in last month's primary. He faces state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who is a Democrat, in the general election.

Parker stepped down from the Paradise Valley council on Friday. He had been elected earlier this year for a four-year term.

The town clerk says the council will appoint someone to fill the post until 2014, when another election will be held.

Parker had served as the mayor of Paradise Valley from 2008-2010.