Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger today filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State to form an exploratory committee for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 17.
Weninger is serving his second term on Chandler Council and previously served as Vice Mayor. He also currently holds a Republican Precinct Committeeman seat in District 17. In addition, Weninger has run five successful valley restaurants as co-owner for the last 17 years.
Weninger’s decision to form an exploratory committee is largely due to the numerous requests he has received from Republican leaders within the state, including Representatives J.D. Mesnard and Tom Forese, and Senator Steve Yarbrough, who currently represent the district. Jeff has the support of all three legislators.
Representative J.D. Mesnard said, “Jeff has long demonstrated his commitment to our community in his professional endeavors and through his service on the Chandler Council. He has the right principles and I’m excited about the chance to serve with him in the House.”
“I am thrilled at the prospect of Jeff filling my seat in the Legislature as I look at pursuing other opportunities,” said Representative Tom Forese. “In addition to being a husband, father, business owner, and public servant, Jeff is a proven leader.”
Senator Steve Yarbrough emphasized that Jeff has been a strong conservative voice ably representing the values of East Valley residents as both a family man and a businessman. “He will be a great addition to the state House of Representatives,” Yarbrough said.
“I am honored to have the support of so many respected Republican leaders, particularly those who have been faithfully serving this district,” Weninger stated. “I am looking forward to hearing from the citizens in District 17 as my family and I explore this important decision on running for the State House.”
Jeff is a life-long Republican and has lived in the East Valley for 20 years. He and his wife Janet have three children and reside in Chandler.