A Senate policy adviser is leaving his post to run for the House.
Javan Mesnard, who has been working for the Senate for eight years, has opened a campaign committee to run for Legislative District 21.
The seat, in fact, will be open. Reps. Warde Nichols and Steve Yarbrough have reached their term limits cannot seek re-election next year.
Yarbrough has opened a Senate exploratory committee. Sen. Jay Tisbhraeny of Chandler also is termed-out in 2010.
Mesnard will be banking on his experience working in the Senate to propel his campaign. Mesnard first worked for Arizona Senate as in intern in 2002. He went on to serve as a policy adviser.
Mesnard, who holds master’s degrees in business and public administration, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in music composition.
He said both Yarbrough and Nichols support his campaign. Mesnard said he will campaign as a team with Yarbrough, and Jeff Vance, another House candidate.
Mesnard’s campaign website is http://jdmesnard.com.