Paradise Valley Town Council and Mayor Seats Open Up
Maria Syms has begun her run for this year’s Town Council election. As a former Paradise Valley mayor candidate and Planning Commission chief, she is determined to find her place in politics for her beloved community. Syms is gathering signatures for the upcoming August election. She decided to run for council after her neighbors pointed out her confidence and support.
After losing in the mayor run a few years ago, Syms rebounded and made it into something better. “The town has made headway in area we all care about, such as public safety and preservation of open space,” she said in an AZCentral.com article. “As a mom and community leader, I look forward to using my experience to build on these gains for the benefit of all our families.”
Even though she didn’t make mayor, Syms realized that she can make a world of difference in other areas of the city. Five of the six Town Council seats are open for the August 26th election, allowing her a great advantage. Although the the winners won’t be sworn in until January of 2015, it gives her plenty of time to plan her strategies.
Filing deadline for candidates is 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, and the minimum signature requirement is 153. The current Mayor LeMarr does not plan to seek office again, so that seat is up for grabs as well. Vice Mayor Michael Collins has already submitted his signature petition giving him a head start on the election.
The best thing voting citizens can do is to stay informed on politics and back a candidate who best represents their beliefs on issues.