Syms, Butler elected to Arizona House

A view of the Arizona Legislature complex in downtown Phoenix. (Submitted photo)

A view of the Arizona Legislature complex in downtown Phoenix. (Submitted photo)

Both Maria Syms, republican, and Kelli Butler, democrat, will make their way to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 28 after voters elected them during the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election.

Ms. Butler received 39,062 votes, about 36 percent, and Ms. Syms received 36,142 votes, about 33 percent, to beat out republican candidate Mary Hamway. Ms. Hamway garnered 34,442 votes, about 31 percent of the vote.

Both Ms. Syms and Ms. Hamway have served on the Paradise Valley Town Council in recent years. Ms. Syms’ win will leave a hole on the Paradise Valley Town Council as she was set to hold office during the upcoming year.

State Representatives in the Arizona House of Representatives, the lower house of the local legislature, serve for two-year terms with a limit of four consecutive terms in office.

After the recent election, republicans maintain majority in the House by a 35 to 25 margin, according to the Arizona Secretary of State website. These Representatives come from the state’s 30 legislative districts, which usually cover at least 170,000 people.

District 28 spans an area between Union Hills Drive and Thomas Road, as well as between Interstate 17 and just east of Scottsdale Road.

Ms. Syms and Ms. Butler replace republican Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix and minority leader Eric Meyer, democrat from Paradise Valley.

Ms. McGee has served in the House since 2011 while Mr. Meyers has been a member of the House since 2009.

Ms. Syms and Ms. Butler will officially take office on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017.

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