Candidate accused of submitting forged paperwork

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Mark Syms, independent running for AZ. Senate, faces accusations of forged paperwork. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Mark Syms, independent running for AZ. Senate, faces accusations of forged paperwork. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
Camille Tomlinson said she had never heard of Syms and never signed the document. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Camille Tomlinson said she had never heard of Syms and never signed the document. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Mark Syms, an independent candidate for the Arizona Senate, is now facing accusations that he submitted forged paperwork to qualify for the ballot. 

Syms is running in Arizona's Legislative District 28, an area that covers parts of North Phoenix, Arcadia, and Paradise Valley

He needed to file 1,250 signatures from registered voters and filed 2,156, according to the Secretary of State's office.

After speaking to a small sample of people whose names appeared on the petition, 10 of the signatures appeared to be forged. In fact, not a single registered voter we interviewed said they signed paperwork.

Camille Tomlinson said she had never heard of Syms and never signed the document. 

As added proof, she wrote her name out to show us how her real signature differed from the one on the petition. 

Syms was not available for comment. 

The Arizona Republic, who first broke the story, reported more than 20 people listed on the petitions had not signed the documents. 

Syms is married to state Rep. Maria Syms, a Republican from Paradise Valley.

She blames the people hired to collect the signatures for any problems. 

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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