Rep. Lowry Snow announces he won’t seek reelection at end of current term

In this file photo, Rep. V. Lowry Snow, R-St. George, at the "Issues over eggs" Q-and-A breakfast concerning the 2016 session of the Utah Legislature, St. George, Utah, Jan. 13, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Southern Utah Republican Rep. V. Lowry Snow announced over social media Tuesday that he won’t be seeking re-election at the end of his current term.

In this file photo, Rep. V. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara,  speaks on the House Floor about raising the penalty for killing a police dog to a second-degree felony, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 23, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Utah House, St. George News

Snow has represented House District 74 since 2012 and was originally appointed to the position by the Washington County Republican Party’s central committee following the resignation of former Rep. David Clark.

“During each legislative term over the past 10 years of my service, I have been humbled by the support received from wonderful citizens in my district,” Snow posted to Facebook on Tuesday. “Before each election cycle, I give the question of whether to run again a great deal of careful consideration and prayer… At this time and with valuable input from my wife, Sheryl, and my family, I’ve decided to complete my service in 2022 and will not run again next year.”

Snow goes on to state it was a difficult decision, yet said he also believes elected officials should eventually step away and allow others the chance to contribute. Choosing not to run in 2022 was also prompted by personal reasons that require his attention, he wrote.

“I fully intend to complete my current term through the end of 2022 representing my district and continuing to work on important legislation.”

Legislation that Snow has run and passed over the years have been related to reforming Utah’s juvenile justice system. He also sponsored legislation increasing penalties on individuals who kill police dogs that passed the Legislature in 2018. He has recently taken up the fight to repeal the state’s death penalty. He also was among the few members of the Legislature from Southern Utah to vote in favor of renaming Dixie State University to Utah Tech University.

Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, speaks to the Washington County Republican Women luncheon at the Abbey Inn is St. George, Utah, April 1, 2021 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Following the conclusion of his current term, Snow said he looks forward to spending more time with family, practicing law and eventually serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his wife.

“Lastly, I offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who elected me and supported my efforts in my service in the legislature. Thank you all,” Snow wrote.

While the 2022 election cycle is months away at this point, St. George resident Kristy Pike, who is also the director of the Washington County Children’s Justice Center, announced she intends to run for House District 74.

“As many of you may know, Representative Lowry Snow has announced he won’t be seeking another term,” Pike wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. “I have worked with Lowry on legislation in the past, and I have appreciated his collaborative style. While I can’t replace him, I am excited to offer my own background and approach.”

Former congressional candidate and CEO of Brokers Holdings, Neil Walter, of Santa Clara, also announced his intention earlier this week to run to represent House District 74.

Walter touted his experience in a Facebook post Monday with the Utah Republican Party, sitting on the board of two charter schools, teaching finance and economics at Dixie State University and running a real estate brokerage firm.

“If given the opportunity, I would be honored and excited to serve the community I know as home,” he wrote.

Ed. note: This story was update to include Neil Walter’s announcement of his intent to run for House 74 next year.

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