Meet the Candidate
Running For:State Senate
Occupation:Small Business Owner, Professor, Charitable
J.D. Mesnard is in his second term as state senator, representing the Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes part of the SE Valley. He previously served in the State House of Representatives for eight years, including as Speaker of the House.
J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. He works with charities, churches and non-profits, and is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, where he teaches political science courses. He has been teaching for 14 years.
J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.
Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for over 30 years. He resides in Chandler with his wife, Holly, who is a registered nurse, and their young daughters, Calielle and Annizelle.
AZ Free Enterprise Club,
Arizona Chamber of Commerce,
Arizona Technology Council,
Arizona Association of Realtors,
National Federation of Independent Business,
Arizona Chamber of Commerce
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|1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals.||O|
|2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.||O|
|3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother.||S|
|4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.||O|
|5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion.||O|
|6. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable their children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy.||S|
|7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide.||O|
|8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.||S|
|9. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.||S|
|10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code.||S|
|11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health.||S|
|12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities.||S|