Rowe in race for seat in Ala. House
by Rachel Davis
Feb 08, 2014 | 2942 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Connie Cooner Rowe’s announcement of her candidacy for the District 13 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives surprised some, but Rowe said those closest to her knew this was a long-term dream for her and encouraged her to run.

“This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time,” Rowe said. “It is certainly the right time in my life. I am beyond retirement eligible, and I’d like to serve the people of our state and area in another capacity.”

Rowe said she remembered even as a child that her family was involved in political campaigns and rallies.

“I have always loved the election process,” Rowe said. “The election is all about the choice of the voters, and I look forward to campaigning and meeting people.”

She believes her work history shows her commitment to serve people and her leadership abilities. She also said she believes her problem solving and people skills, combined with her strategic planning abilities and work ethic, will serve her and the area she represents well in the state House of Representatives.

Rowe has served as the police chief in Jasper since July 2011. She is also an adjunct instructor for the Alabama Peace Officers Standard and Training Commission since 1989.

Prior to becoming police chief in Jasper, Rowe was a criminal investigator with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office for more than 20 years. This allowed her the opportunity to work with various branches of state and federal government and observe the inner workings of the legislature.

During that time, she also became a law enforcement trainer for the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It was during that time that Rowe developed a passion for defending victims of domestic violence. That issue led her become a member and two-term past president of the Daybreak board of directors, former member and chair of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Domestic Violence Protocol Committee and a former member of the Alabama State Domestic Violence Model Code Committee.

Rowe was also a member and two-term state president of the Alabama District Attorney Investigators Association as well as the first female member and office holder of that group.

She is married to John Rowe and she has one son, Rivers Wells. Her parents are former Jasper Fire Chief Monroe Cooner and Dot Cooner of Jasper.

Rowe will face incumbent Bill Roberts in the Republican primary in June. According to the Alabama Democratic Party on Friday afternoon, no Democratic candidate has qualified to run for the seat in November.