Arizona House Speaker J.D. Mesnard is likely going to be a senator, and perhaps the next Senate president.
The Chandler Republican spent the last two years guiding the House of Representatives through a tumultuous period that saw lawmakers make history by expelling one of their colleagues. Termed out of the House, Mesnard is now leading the race in Legislative District 17 to represent it in the Senate.
With early ballots reported, Mesnard is handily defeating Chandler Democratic Steve Weichert, who also ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2016.
If Mesnard’s lead holds, he’s got another race to run on Nov. 7: He’s vying to become the next Arizona Senate president, and would succeed the current senator from LD17, Republican Steve Yarbrough, in that role.
Sen. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, is also running for the top leadership role in the Senate.
LD28 Senate by the numbers
J.D. Mesnard 52.8 percent
Steve Weichert 47.2 percent