CHARLESTON -- State Supreme Court candidate Jim Rowe has been given an award for his advocacy on behalf of children and families during Children's Memorial Flag Day ceremonies in Lewisburg last week.

"The protection of children is the most important thing I do as a judge. In accepting this award, I do so on behalf of those individuals and local and state agencies that tirelessly work to make a difference in a child's life," said Rowe, a circuit judge and former legislator.

Currently, Rowe is serving in his sixteenth 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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