Gateway Academy installs adaptive playground equipment

Gateway Academy, a twice-exceptional school, celebrated the opening of their adaptive playground on Jan. 22 in honor of National School Choice Week. Legislative District 28 Representative and Paradise Valley resident, Maria Syms, joined the students on campus to celebrate their new playground. Gateway Academy, 3939 E. Shea Blvd. in Phoenix, is a private K-12 day […]

On the record: LD 28 legislators vote against photo radar repeal

Proposed legislation at the Arizona Capitol to abolish photo radar from local streets has passed the House of Representatives and is now at the Arizona Senate listed as “engrossed.” Republican Rep. Travis Grantham of Gilbert proposed House Bill 2525 and it passed in the Arizona House by a 32-28 margin Thursday, Feb. 23 giving the idea of outlawing photo radar more credence heading into the Arizona Senate. The bill today is undergoing the amendment process typically referred to as “engrossed” by local lawmakers as the first read of the bill at the Senate went through its second read Wednesday, March 1.

Rep. Syms leads charge to close gap of untested rape kits statewide

As of Friday, Jan. 27 there are estimated 1,400 Arizona women who claim to have been raped still awaiting test results police officials say could potentially lead to an arrest. A statewide audit in 2016 revealed over 6,000 untested rape kits — which are biological samples taken from an alleged rape victim sent to a […]

Collins: Godspeed at Arizona Legislature Representative Syms

As we welcome Councilmembers Julie Pace and Scott Moore to the start of their term in office, we bid farewell to Councilmember Maria Syms and wish her the best of luck and success at the Arizona Legislature. My time working with Maria dates back to 2008 when we both served on the Town’s Planning Commission. […]

Syms: concurrent roles not worth legal distraction in Paradise Valley

With the promise of a New Year ahead of us, it gives me an opportunity to reflect on the many great things our community has accomplished over the years to improve the quality of life here in Paradise Valley. I am proud of the work of our town council, staff and many citizen volunteers who […]

Syms tenders resignation at Paradise Valley Town Council

Hours before ringing in the new year, a one-page letter of resignation came across the desk of Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins. After a 13-year run volunteering for the Town of Paradise Valley, most notably advocating for the community’s public safety, Councilwoman Maria Syms has turned in her resignation. Just one month after publicly stating […]

Syms: I will embrace, thrive in dual legislative roles at capitol and at home

Paradise Valley Councilwoman Maria Syms says she intends to finish out her term on town council. Councilwoman Syms was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 28 at the Nov. 8 general election, beating out fellow Republican candidate and Town Council member Mary Hamway. Democrat Kelli Butler of Paradise Valley was […]

Syms, Butler elected to Arizona House

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.

O’Connor: Hamway deserves your support on Arizona House pursuit

In the Arizona Legislative District 28 race, two current Town of Paradise Valley Council members are running of the Arizona House of Representatives, Maria Syms and Mary Hamway. Both are Republicans. There is one Democrat in the race, Kelli Butler. You might think that the two council colleagues, both members of the same party, would […]

Arizona House LD28 candidates share thoughts on economic development policy

Three Paradise Valley candidates are pursuing two seats to represent Legislative District 28 in the House of Representatives at the Arizona Legislature in the Nov. 8 general election. The local candidates are: Kelli Butler, a democrat; and Mary Hamway and Maria Syms, who are both republicans. Ms. Hamway and Ms. Syms have both held elected […]