SNOWFLAKE – State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) announced her intention to run for her last term in the Arizona Senate recently. She wants to continue serving the residents of northern Arizona by seeking re-election as State Senator of Legislative District 6.
“After months of reflection, it has become clear to me that there is too much at stake for me to abandon my responsibilities,” Allen declared. “Our schools, including NAU and Northland Pioneer College, need to be fully funded and reformed, our teachers need to be fairly compensated, our working families need to be protected from excessive government spending, and we need to ensure that state and local services have the resources they need to help the homeless and mentally ill.”
A native of Snowflake, Senator Allen has been a tireless advocate for schools, teachers, and rural Arizona for the last decade. She currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, where she has been an advocate for increasing the quality of education for our students, protecting parents’ choice in education and supporting teachers through salary increases.
Previously, she served as a board member of the Mogollon Medical Foundation from 2003 – 2006. In 2008, she was appointed by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors to fill the term of the late Senator Jake Flake, and was elected by the voters to that office in 2008. In 2012 she was elected to the Navajo County Board of Supervisors. She returned to the state senate in 2014. She and her husband, Rick, are the parents of five children and 19 grandchildren.
Local leaders praised Allen and expressed support for her re-election.
Navajo County Supervisor Jason Whiting declared, “I strongly support Senator Allen and am thrilled that she has chosen to run for re-election. She has been a strong advocate for counties and schools and will continue to serve the people of Flagstaff and eastern Arizona well. In this political climate, we need Senator Allen’s dedication, experience, and common-sense approach. She is a problem solver who knows how to get things done.
State Representative Walt Blackman (R-Snowflake) expressed his support for Allen as well. “I’m grateful that Senator Allen has agreed to run for her final term in the state senate. We need her and her continuing efforts to strengthen education and support teachers in this state.
Senator Allen expressed gratitude for those who have encouraged her to run.
“It has truly been overwhelming to receive the support and encouragement of so many local residents and leaders who have asked me to run. I will be their voice and their vote at the state legislature. I look forward to working with my seatmate, Representative Blackman, and am proud to support my friend, Jon Saline and his candidacy for the House of Representatives. These are good men and I look forward to working with them to strengthen our schools, support our teachers, and protect our families.”