Syms: I continue to fight for equitable education funding statewide

Since serving as your state Representative since 2016, I have been a consistent voice in favor of more public education funding. Specifically, in my meetings with leadership and the Governor, I have repeatedly advocated the need for increased teacher pay in order to attract and retain quality teachers for our children. I am proud that […]

Syms: grow up and stop the bad behavior at the Arizona Legislature

Misuse and abuse of power and the public trust is wrong. Sexual innuendo and objectification of peers, colleagues, staff and the public through common jokes, offensive remarks, unwanted touching, sexual misconduct with subordinates and retaliation have no place in the professional workplace. Period. And yet, here we are caught up in a swirl of accusations, […]

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: Scott O’Connor’s personal attacks against me are lies

You will read in this paper a very personal and false attack from Scott O’Connor against me. Scott’s vicious personal attacks never reference a single shred of evidence. He should be ashamed for taking such a low road but it certainly isn’t his first time. I am proud of my more than 12 years of […]

Maria Syms: My plans to make 2016 even better in Paradise Valley

The excitement of the New Year brings the promise of a better future. As your councilwoman, it offers me the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of 2015 and discuss our community’s priorities for building on those successes in 2016. Making Town Hall a better neighbor When I asked for your vote over a year […]

Syms: Steering a sound fiscal course and puttin’ on the Ritz

One of the great things about our democracy is that our leaders can engage in a robust, public dialogue on the budget and other issues and when all is said and done, respectfully agree to disagree.