By CARL GREEN
A big crowd of Labor supporters turned out Jan. 25 at the Steamfitters Local 439 hall to support the candidacy for state senate of Rachelle Aud Crowe, a Madison County prosecutor running for the seat being vacated by longtime Senator Bill Haine.
Crowe, from a union manufacturing family in Wood River, is unopposed in the Democratic primary, and her likely Republican opponent is Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton.
She said her campaign has been well–received and well-funded and that she is now seeking endorsements from Labor and other groups.
“I’m very pleased with the support,” she said. “A lot of small checks are coming in, which is great, because it means that people are investing in me, which I’m very proud of, and of course union support as well.”
Crowe is currently serving as chief trial supervisor in the state’s attorney’s office.
Supporters from both Madison County and St. Clair County attended the fundraiser at the hall just north of Fairview Heights.
“The importance of this is bringing St. Clair County out,” Crowe said. “A portion of my district is in St. Clair County, and I want to make sure that they know they are not forgotten. Although it’s a small portion of my district, it’s very important.”
That section is Caseyville Township, which takes in parts of Collinsville, Fairview Heights and O’Fallon within the district.
“From the moment I announced I was running, St. Clair County has welcomed me and supported me. I couldn’t ask for better,” she said.
She said she has been keeping in touch with Haine, who is bowing out because of an illness. “He’s been a mentor to me as a prosecutor,” she said. “Now, hopefully, I’m going to have him to rely on for advice as a senator.”
Crowe and her husband Jim live in Glen Carbon with their 11-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.
She has been endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO and by Haine, the senator since 2002 and former state’s attorney. Her law degree is from St. Louis University School of Law.
Haine issued this statement with his endorsement:
“Rachelle stands up in court and fights for justice for victims of homicide and child abuse every day. The clear thinking, courage and unwavering integrity Rachelle has shown are exactly what Springfield needs. There is no one I trust more to do what’s right and advocate for the families of this district in the Senate.”
Crowe’s campaign can be contacted through the website rachelleforsenate.com.