Mother of Ari­zona House speaker runs for son’s seat


PHOENIX — The mother of Ari­zona House Speaker J.D. Mes­nard is run­ning for his seat in the leg­isla­tive cham­ber as he pur­sues an open state Sen­ate seat.

Term lim­its bar Mes­nard from run­ning again for re-elec­tion to the House, so Chan­dler City Coun­cil­woman Nora Ellen plans to take the seat, the Ari­zona Capi­tol Times re­ported on Tues­day.

Ellen said peo­ple have en­cour­aged her to run for the Leg­is­la­ture and the tim­ing just be­came right. Ellen is a real es­tate bro­ker and is serv­ing her sec­ond term on the city coun­cil in Chan­dler. The city lim­its elected of­fi­cials to two terms.

If Ellen and Mes­nard are both elected, the mother and son would serve in the Leg­is­la­ture at the same time.

Mes­nard is pur­su­ing the seat that will be va­cated by Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Steve Yar­brough who will reach term lim­its next year.

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