Snograss suspends campaign after cancer diagnosis

The Democratic challenger for the District 19 state House seat has suspended his campaign following a diagnosis of cancer.

In a news release Friday afternoon, Joe Snodgrass announced he was suspending his campaign following a diagnosis he has cancer in one of his kidneys.

“My name will remain an option for voters, and as long as my prognosis continues to be good, I can resume my campaign shortly after my surgery,” Snodgrass said in the release.

According to the release, Snodgrass, a 66-year-old retired electrical worker, announced he was suspending his campaign Wednesday to staff members after receiving news from a doctor Tuesday.

According to the release, Snodgrass’ campaign recently “completed phone-banking to establish neighborhood teams in several Palatka neighborhoods.”

“I’m proud of you. I’m proud of the work we have done together,” Snodgrass said in the release. “I hope we get to do this again.”

Rosemary Anderson, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Putnam County, said Snodgrass is “brave, encouraged and a stubborn,” three traits he’ll need for his battle with cancer.

“He has campaigned heartily up to now for the candidates he thinks are best qualified to serve the public,” she said. “He believes people should recognize they have a voice. He makes big efforts to meet people and be where they are and encourage them to participate.”

Nancy Hetson, the vice chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Putnam County, agreed.

“He’s a very people-oriented person in terms of wanting to do the right things for the most people. … He was a union worker, so he understands what workers go through. He supports all of the Democratic platform, such as a raise to $15 for minimum wage and health care and all the things Democrats stand for.

“He’s a fighter.”

Snodgrass is unopposed in the Aug. 30 primary. He faces the winner of the Republican primary – Leslie Dougher, Bobby Payne or Katherine Van Zant – and two write-in candidates, Charles F.N. Lowe Jr. and Thomas Sterling Mayerlen.