Don East

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Don East
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North Carolina State Senate District 30
Former member
In office
1995 - 2000, 2005 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Surry County
1984 – 1992
Date of birthDecember 26, 1944
Place of birthSurry County, North Carolina
Office website
Personal website
Don East (December 26, 1944 - October 22, 2012) was a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 30 from 2005 to his death in 2012.[1]

East was Commissioner of Surry County from 1984 to 1992. He previously served in the North Carolina State Senate from 1995 to 2000; he was a candidate for the District 30 seat in 2002.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, East served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, East served on these committees:



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

East ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8. He would have faced Ric Marshall (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election, but passed away in late October.[2]

North Carolina State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon East Incumbent 64.3% 49,417
     Democratic Ric Marshall 35.7% 27,416
Total Votes 76,833


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

East won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 30, defeating Richard Marshall (D) in the November 2 general election.

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 30 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Don East (R) 32,422 67.83%
Richard Marshall (D) 15,376 32.17%

East defeated primary challenger Paul M. Johnson on May 4, 2010.[3]


On November 4, 2008, East won re-election to the 30th District in the North Carolina State Senate. East had no challenger.[4]

Campaign donors


In 2010, East collected $49,461 in donations.[5]


In 2008, East collected $13,150 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
North Carolina Home Builders Association $1,000
Duke Energy $1,000
Progress Energy $1,000
North Carolina Association of Realtors $1,000
Mark Craig $1,000


East received his High School Diploma in 1962. He then attended Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice at Forsyth Technical Community College in 1964.

East was a retired Police Officer and small farm owner.

East is survived by his wife Connie and one child.

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Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Shirley Randleman (R)