Parker hosts Gov Phil Bryant in meeting with DeSoto mayors

Fox 13 covered the meeting Senator David Parker hosted with Governor Phil Bryant and Olive Branch Mayor, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite and Horn Lake Mayor Alan Latimer.

Watch the video here.

The informal meeting and luncheon with Gov. Bryant, Sen. Parker, Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite, and Horn Lake Mayor Alan Latimer took place at the Olive Branch Eye Care Center on Crumpler Boulevard.

The topics of discussion centered around education, attracting new jobs to North Mississippi, and development of an outlet mall in Southaven.

When asked why he paid the visit to DeSoto County, the Republican governor said Sen. Parker (R-District 19) invited him. The governor thinks highly of the new senator, who is also an optometrist. The luncheon seemed fitting to be held at the eye clinic.

“He loves DeSoto County,” the governor said of Sen. Parker. “He wrote a letter, he called, he was encouraging, and it’s his passion. He’s a small businessman and a senator, and Parker and the mayors agreed to come together.”

Gov. Bryant’s discussions with Sen. Parker and Mayor Latimer, there is talk in Horn Lake of a jobs training center being built.

“We talked to about putting together a school for workforce development using high school and community colleges and universities,” the governor said. “That’s a dynamic idea.”

In Southaven under new Mayor Musselwhite, the governor and Sen. Parker spoke about the planned outlet mall and help with attracting business there.

“The State has done things to help developments like that,” Sen. Parker said. “We help one in Pearl the last session. If the city needs our help I think the governor and myself are working hopefully to push some legislation.”

“There are many developers and businessmen and this county, and you just can’t stop a good entrepreneur,” Gov. Bryant said.

In Olive Branch new Mayor Phillips and the governor discussed new medical business setting up shop after Methodist Healthcare Hospital opened for business in August. They wouldn’t say what business it is.

“We have the opportunity to lead the healthcare industry in the Southeast here in DeSoto County,” Gov. Bryant said.

“Somewhat related to the hospital, we’ve gotten legislation through the governor’s office to attract medical developments to DeSoto County and hopefully some headquarters,” Sen. Parker added.

Read the full article here.


Parker Named to Five Senate Committees

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves has named Senator Dr. David Parker to five Senate committees: Public Health & Welfare, Judiciary-A, Housing, Economic Development and Elections.

“I’m pleased to be able to utilize my experience in patient services, and my understanding of how the healthcare sector functions both in caring for people and operating as a business, on the Public Health committee.  I opposed Obamacare.  Unfortunately it is the law and will radically change everything, but my background can serve patients and doctors and our at-risk communities like seniors to ensure Mississippi creates and maintains the best healthcare policies,” Parker said.

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves said, “I’m confident Senator Parker will bring his experience and skills to these committees to help the Senate craft and pass conservative public policy to advance job creation and address the needs of our citizens for a better Mississippi.”

Parker noted his other committee assignments reflect the need to address critical issues for citizens and small businesses as well.

Parker said, “Judiciary-A will review tort reform and litigation issues to protect businesses and landowners; Economic Development will give me an opportunity to improve the climate for small business creation and expansion in DeSoto County; and the Housing Committee has oversight on issues vital to keeping smart growth in our community.”

Parker’s committee list can be found on his official state Senate web page: David Parker – Senate 19

Full Senate committee list here: 2013 Mississippi State Senate Committees



Thank You!

When I started this campaign, I told people that at my Church we are asked for support in the form of our prayers, presence, gifts and service.  I thought that was a good model for the campaign as well.  So I asked for prayers, votes, campaign contributions and volunteers.  The response was overwhelming and I attribute our victory to everyone who gave in those ways.  My family and I felt your prayers and they sustained us, we are thankful for your votes, we could not have run this campaign without your campaign contributions, and the long work by volunteers made the difference.  We are so thankful for all of you and all you did to make this election possible.  I will be in touch again soon about my work in the state Senate for DeSoto County and Mississippi.





Vote Today!

I want to thank so many of you for all your support, prayers and hard work to get us to this day.  Voters are at the polls and voting continues until 7:00pm.

Please remember to go vote today and ask your friends and family to go vote as well.

Not sure where you vote? You can look up your name using the DeSoto County Circuit Clerk’s online search tool here.

I’ll be out visiting volunteers waving signs and working at the voting precincts today and I hope to see you out there.

Thank-you again for your prayers and support for me and my family; it means a lot to us.


Dr. David Parker


Parker thanks Kevin Blackwell for Endorsement


Dr. David Parker thanks Kevin Blackwell for run-off endorsement

OLIVE BRANCH (November 19, 2012) – Dr. David Parker thanked Kevin Blackwell today for his endorsement in the November 27 run-off election for Senate District 19.

“I’ve really gotten to know Kevin during this campaign and appreciate his friendship and leadership.  He has served our community in many ways and I hope one day he and I can both serve in the legislature together to promote DeSoto County values.  I’m humbled by his endorsement and thankful for his support,” Parker said.

Parker continued, “Kevin has been so gracious to introduce me to many of his supporters and they’re already helping us get the word out to remind people to vote again on November 27.  After the recent election and with Thanksgiving coming up, a lot of people don’t know they have the opportunity to vote again.  Kevin and his team are working hard with my team to get the voters out again.”

Parker grew up in Southaven, owns and works as an Optometrist at Olive Branch Eyecare and recently announced a new eyecare clinic and commercial development in Horn Lake.  He and his wife Ashleigh and their four children live in Olive Branch and attend Getwell Road United Methodist Church.

Parker took 34% of the vote in the November 6 election with 10,396 votes.  Blackwell took 26% of the vote with 8,059 votes.  Parker faces Pat Nelson in a run-off election on Tuesday, November 27.  Nelson edged Blackwell by 248 votes to get into the run-off.

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 Paid for by Friends for David Parker



[Press Release from Kevin Blackwell]


NOVEMBER 19, 2012



Kevin Blackwell endorses his former opponent, Olive Branch Optometrist David Parker, for November 27 run-off election

 [SOUTHAVEN, MISS] –Kevin Blackwell endorses David Parker in the Senate District 19 run-off election on November 27.

“As a small businessman and a Republican leader, I believe David Parker is the best candidate in the race to represent DeSoto County in the Senate and promote conservative policies to help businesses grow and create jobs, fight for lower taxes and better schools, and ensure our government cuts wasteful spending,” Blackwell said.

He continued, “Like me, he knows what it takes to run a small business and understands the challenges of creating jobs and increasing economic development opportunities for our community.  I endorse David Parker and encourage my supporters to go vote again on November 27 and to choose David Parker.”

Blackwell is a small business owner, chairman of the DeSoto County Republican Party, and has been a leader in the Southaven and Olive Branch Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce.

Blackwell also noted that electing Parker would ensure full legislative representation during the upcoming legislative session.

“DeSoto County doesn’t need to spend thousands of dollars on yet another special election, possibly another run-off, and suffer from under representation in the next legislative session, which would happen if Pat Nelson is elected and has to resign his seat in the House of Representatives.  We just elected Pat last year and I think he should finish that job and not jump at some other political job,” Blackwell said.

Paid for by Friends of Kevin Blackwell


Wait! There is another election? Frequently asked questions on the Nov 27 run-off

That’s right, we get to vote again on November 27, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions concerning the run-off election.

Why is there a run-off election? 

While David Parker got the most votes on Election Day, you have to win a majority of the votes to be elected (50% plus 1).  No one got a majority in the four person race so the two candidates who got the most votes will be in a run-off election.

When is the run-off election?

The run-off election is November 27, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  That is three weeks after the initial election.

Where do I vote in a run-off election?

You vote in your regular voting location – the same place you voted on November 6. If you need to locate your voting location you can do so here.

What if I didn’t vote on November 6? Can I vote in the run-off? 

Yes, all voters who registered in time to vote on November 6 can participate even if you didn’t vote the last time.

I may be out of town.  Can I vote absentee?

Yes you can vote absentee in person at the circuit clerk’s office at the DeSoto Courthouse in Hernando during regular office hours or until noon on Saturdays.  The deadline to vote in person is noon on Saturday, November 24.  You can request an absentee ballot in the mail from the circuit clerk as well.  Contact the circuit clerk’s office at 662-469-8007.

Is Senate 19 the only race on the ballot?

At some polling locations, the Senate 19 race will be the only race on the ballot.  In some areas of the county there is also a run-off election for House District 52.

David did so well.  Do I really need to vote again?

Yes. The run-off is a whole new election and voter turnout will likely be lower than before.  So this time, every vote counts even more.  Be sure to come out and vote again.

What were the results of the last election?

David Parker      10,396 – 34.15%
Pat Nelson             8,307 – 27.29%
Kevin Blackwell   8,059 – 26.47%
Mike Smith            3,504 – 11.51%

Is this the last election?

This will be the final election for Senate 19 and House 52. If David wins, then we’re done with elections for now.  But if David’s opponent wins, that means there will be another special election for his opponent’s House seat and potentially a run-off if that election as well.


Thank-you DeSoto!

From the whole Parker Family, thank-you DeSoto County!

There will be a run-off on Tuesday, November 27 (three weeks from now): the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  We will need your continued prayers, support, effort and votes again.


More Jobs for DeSoto County

Dr. David Parker’s “Vision for the Future” of DeSoto County includes more and better jobs and economic development.  As a small businessman, he knows what it takes to invest in a business and grow it into a success that benefits customers and the employees who receive good pay, healthcare and retirement benefits for their families.  And because he is looking to the future, he has positioned his business so he can serve in the state Senate without letting down his patients or employees.  His partner doctors and staff will continue to serve DeSoto County even when Dr. Parker is in Jackson serving in the state Senate.

But Dr. Parker isn’t waiting to continue his investment in DeSoto County.  Recently he broke ground on a new business development and eyecare clinic in Horn Lake.  The Horn Lake Depot with house Horn Lake Eyecare and other businesses.  It is being constructed by Chris Woods Construction Company, the historic design is by Urban ARCH and BancorpSouth is handling the financing.  About 50 people attended the groundbreaking where Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker predicted the new structure would be the nicest building in Horn Lake and a cornerstone to the redevelopment of historic Horn Lake.

Dr. Parker told the crowd he worked with the construction team to ensure local contractors and workers would do the work and receive the economic benefits of the new development.

Here is a story from July about the project and here are pictures of the groundbreaking on Facebook.


Vision for the Future Rally – Saturday October 20th

Come join us for the Vision for the Future Campaign Rally Saturday, October 20.

Free Food and Entertainment – Moon Bounce for the Kids!

Meet Dr. David Parker – Learn How to Volunteer – or Just Have Fun

When: Saturday October 20 – 9:00 am till 1:30 pm

Where: Olive Branch Eyecare – 6947 Crumpler Boulevard; Olive Branch