With State Senator Adam Driggs retiring two seats are up for grabs in the upcoming race for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28. That’s because a current holder of one of those seats, Kate Brophy McGee, is running to replace Driggs as is the other State Representative, Eric Meyer, a doctor.
The House calls for their replacements are easy ones to make, both Republicans.
First up is well-regarded Paradise Valley Councilwoman Mary Hamway. Her brand of character and communication is exactly what you want to have in the political arena. She has consistently been a pro-tourism, pro-resort vote on her Town Council including the landmark decision to bring Mountain Shadows back to life as well as bringing the Ritz-Carlton to the community, a move that secures the town’s financial future. We don’t always agree with Hamway. Indeed, she’s rigid on preventing a medical marijuana dispensary in Paradise Valley even though it’s the law of the land and public support for the policy continues to increase since the measure’s narrow passage in 2010. But her position shows spine. And that’s something she and Arizona will need as the special interests come calling at the State Capitol. Hamway narrowly lost her 2014 race for the same seat she is pursuing now. We don’t expect the same outcome. Indeed, Arizona would be the biggest loser were that to be the case.
Next up is the uniquely qualified and uniquely somebody Maria Syms. She does not lack confidence. If she should be embarrassed about anything it is the ridiculous abundance on her resume. Assistant U.S. Attorney. Senior Advisor to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman. Planning Commissioner. Mom. And wife to the driest sense of humor in the desert.
Syms’ only demerit was a rather strident (and unsuccessful campaign) for Paradise Valley Mayor a few years back. But she learned. And her next effort had a lot more smile than scorn.
The list of notable Republicans backing Syms is impressive. Despite this she is no establishmentarian. She’s her own person with a streak of populism in line with these times and this election.
Paradise Valley has been lucky to have Syms and Hamway on its Town Council. The State of Arizona will feel likewise when they are elected to the Arizona House of Representatives.