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Senators Jim Davis of Macon and Tommy Tucker of Union will co-chair the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Information Technology.
"As former county commissioners, Sen. Davis and Sen. Tucker are able to recognize the unique issues faced by local governments during these trying economic times," said Senate leader Phil Berger, in announcing the appointments.
Former N.C. Sen. John Snow of Murphy wants his seat back. Snow, a Democrat and former veteran judge, served six years in the Senate until he lost a close fight with Republican Jim Davis for the District 50 post in western North Carolina.
Snow's 2010 election battle hit the pages of The New Yorker magazine last year in a piece that looked at the influence of Republican financier Art Pope. But as Rob Christensen reported, the article, made it look like Snow was the victim of a Pope-funded assault, when in fact it was one of the most fiercely contested districts in the state in which both sides poured money.
In his announcement, Snow doesn't mention his loss. Instead, he hits the high notes about jobs as a priority and the need to fund education.