Black Republican congressional candidate to give weekly GOP address

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Vernon Parker, the black Republican congressional candidate in Arizona viewed as a rising star within the GOP, has been tapped by House Speaker John Boehner to give the weekly Republican address this weekend.

“Vernon Parker is an independent thinker and a rising star in the Republican Party who is committed to listening to the people of Arizona and restoring the American Dream,” Boehner said in a written statement.

Parker, the former mayor and town council member who served in President George H.W. Bush’s administration, is running for Arizona’s new 9th Congressional District.

He was raised by his grandmother in an underprivileged neighborhood, according to a biography from the speaker’s office.

“Growing up in a tough neighborhood with gangs, guns and violence, I told myself if I ever got out, I’d work hard to make sure others have an easier shot to succeed and achieve the American Dream,” Parker said.

“I’m running for Congress because we can’t continue to burden our job creators with more regulations, more taxes and more of the uncertainty that’s fueled by our massive debt.”

He is facing Democratic candidate Kristen Sinema in November.

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