Rowe endorsed by state physicians, state Chamber, others

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 17, 2012


CHARLESTON -- Democratic state Supreme Court candidate Jim Rowe has earned two more endorsements.

Rowe won the support of WESPAC, which represents the 2,800 members statewide of the West Virginia Medical Association, and the political action committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the largest business organization in the state with small businesses making up 95 percent of its membership.

"It is indeed an honor for me that my candidacy for Supreme Court has been endorsed by the thousands of physicians across the state, and by the largest organization representing small business in West Virginia," Rowe said. "Our effort to reach out to West Virginians across the state is working.

"These endorsements are a strong indicator doctors and other medical professionals, as well as, small business men and women are joining with me to demand our Supreme Court remain balanced, fair and within the mainstream of courts across the country."

In addition to the endorsements from physicians and small business, Rowe's candidacy has been endorsed by the political action committees of the West Virginia Farm Bureau, West Virginia Sherriff's Association, West Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, West Virginia Hospital Association, West Virginia Health Care Association, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, National Rifle Association, West Virginia Bankers Association and the West Virginia Business and Industry Council.

Rowe is serving his 16th year as Circuit Judge in the 11th Judicial District, which includes Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. Prior to serving on the bench, Rowe had a distinguished career in the West Virginia House of Delegates. He was elected to five consecutive terms and served as House Judiciary Committee Chairman and Majority Leader.

Rowe is a graduate of West Virginia University and the School of Law at George Mason University. He lives in Lewisburg with his wife Sharon and has two daughters.

Rowe is one of six Democratic candidates. Joining him are current Justice Robin Jean Davis, fellow circuit judge J.D. Beane, current Supreme Court law clerk Louis Palmer, Charleston attorney Tish Chafin and New Martinsville attorney H. John "Buck" Rogers.

Supreme Court law clerk Allen Loughry and Circuit Judge John Yoder are the Republicans running for two spots on the bench in this spring's primary.

The primary election is May 8, and the general election is Nov. 6.

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