John Snow

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John Snow
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Candidate for
North Carolina State Senate District 50
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senate
Bachelor'sWake Forest State University, 1967
Date of birth10/24/1945
Place of birthAsheville, NC
(timed out) Campaign website
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John Snow (b. October 24, 1945) was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 50 of the North Carolina State Senate. He is a former Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 50 from 2005-2011.

Snow earned his B.A. from Wake Forest State University in 1967. He then receive his Law Degree in 1970.

Snow is a former Assistant District Attorney. He was in the United States Army in 1967. He then worked as a District Court Judge from 1976 to 1986. From 1986 to 2004 he was Chief District Court Judge.

Committee assignments


While a member of the North Carolina State Senate, Snow served on the following committees:


Campaign themes

Snow's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Family Values

  • Excerpt:"After a lifetime of living, working, and raising a family in Western North Carolina Senator Snow understands the people of the mountains. His work as both a prosecutor and a judge gives him a firsthand view of the lives and conditions of mountain people. Senator Snow understands that children are a blessing and need to be cherished and protected against corrupting influences."

Protecting Children

  • Excerpt:"Senator Snow worked to pass legislation that provides law enforcement the capability to prosecute people who solicit sex from children over the internet. Additionally Senator Snow is a sponsor of Jessica’s Law. Named for nine year old Jessica Lunsford, who was brutally raped and killed by a released child molester, this bill will provide local law enforcement the tools it needs to monitor released sexual predators who live in our communities and let parents know of their presence."

Faith and the Family

  • Excerpt:"In Western North Carolina we have a proud heritage of living, learning, and respecting one another. We believe that life is sacred and our laws need to reflect that we respect this fundamental belief."



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Snow ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8 and was defeated by incumbent Jim Davis (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. The race was a rematch of the 2010 battle when Davis unseated Snow from the State Senate.[2]

North Carolina State Senate, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Davis Incumbent 57.1% 50,421
     Democratic John Snow 42.9% 37,873
Total Votes 88,294


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Snow lost his bid for re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 50, losing to Jim Davis (R) in the general election.[3]

Snow defeated Democratic primary challenger James Goodman on May 4, 2010.[4]


On November 4, 2008, Snow was elected to the 50th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Susan C. Pons (R).[5] Snow raised $171,872 for his campaign, while Pons raised $73,147.[6]

North Carolina Senate, District 50 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Snow (D) 40,971
Susan C. Pons (R) 44,261

Campaign donors


In 2008, Snow collected $171,872 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
John Snow $56,205
North Carolina Democratic Senate CMTE $10,791
North Carolina Association of Realtors $8,000
North Carolina Democratic Party $6,081
North Carolina Advocates for Justice $6,000


Snow and his wife Sheila have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 50
Succeeded by
Jim Davis (R)