Birmingham City Council, District 7
Name: Jeff Rowser
Residence: Powderly Community
Political experience: First run for public office.
Professional experience: Postal carrier at the United States Postal Service, 2001-present; car salesperson at Brannon Honda, 2009-2001; motor transport, civil affairs and artillery positions in the U.S. Marine Corp, 2002-2008.
Education: Graduated from Wenonah High School, 2001.
Top contributors: Self, loan, $2,700.
Main issues: If elected, Rowser says he plans to fight to eliminate the food deserts that exist in the area, work on strategies for community policing and strive to improve relations between the community and the police department. He also would focus on child development issues as they relate to the community by increasing constructive actives for youth, providing local mentoring opportunities and increasing funding allocated to the city’s schools for mentoring and other programs. The candidate also considers assistance for the elderly a priority, including efforts to improve transportation services to that constituency.