Hamway: it’s been an honor to serve the Town of Paradise Valley

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve on the Paradise Valley Town Council for 10 years.

Mary Hamway

Mary Hamway

My last council meeting will be Dec. 15 and it is with a full heart that I leave this service. As you may know, I am running for state Representative for Legislative District 28 and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue to serve you.

When I was first elected to the council in 2004, I reached out to past leaders so that I could learn about and embrace our rich history. It’s these relationships that helped me to understand the past while we were busy making plans for the future.

Being on the council was like taking a crash course in land use, zoning, resort development and tourism. During the past 10 years, I helped guide the improvements and renovations of every resort in our community. After eight years, I continue to represent the Town of Paradise Valley as a board member on Experience Scottsdale, the organization formally known as the Scottsdale CVB. Sales and bed tax from and our resorts and construction sales tax account for 50 percent of the town’s revenue.

A few years ago, the council identified “quality of life” issues that we could champion. I took storm water management and I am proud that the Town is making this a priority. In 2006, I championed the effort to renovate the Kiva Athletic Field behind Kiva Elementary. We are 10 years into a 20-year agreement that defines how the field would be used and it is a shining example of how groups can work together to do what was best for the kids.

In 2011, for the town’s 50th anniversary, I co-chaired the Visioning Committee. This effort showed how history continues to define who we are and our community character must be protected. The work from the Visioning Committee was an important component in the development of the General Plan that guides growth for the town.

In 2013, as a steering committee member of the Public Safety Task Force, the recommendations from that effort changed our police department to be more responsive by focusing on community-based policing. Paradise Valley remains one of the safest municipalities in Arizona.

I have a long track record of finding solutions to complicated problems, and I know how to get things done. Once elected to the Arizona House, my top priorities are improving education by putting more dollars in the classroom, growing our economy and creating high-quality jobs for Arizonans.

I support continuing to diversify the state’s economy by expanding new opportunities in bioscience and biotechnology, manufacturing and renewable energy, while continuing to support our aerospace industries and military installations. Additionally, I will continue to be a strong advocate for tourism and promote Arizona and the great things our state has to offer.

I hope I have your support and Please vote Mary Hamway, state Representative by early ballot or at the polls on Nov. 8. If you would like more information you can contact me at 602-315-4635 or visit my website at MaryHamway.com

Editor’s note: Ms. Hamway is a member of Paradise Valley Town Council and is seeking a seat at the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28

Mrs. Hamway is a member of Paradise Valley Town Council

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