Raymond Rowe was hired by the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department on January 23, 1997. He worked a four year stint on patrol, doing real law enforcement work.
For the next 21 years, Rowe would no longer work in a law enforcement capacity. Instead, Rowe taught D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Read about how D.A.R.E. is almost universally regarded as a junk program here, here, and even from the U.S. Department of Justice. During these two decades, Rowe didn’t act in any roles that included arresting suspects, enforcing the law, or supervising other Deputies. Notwithstanding, he wants to be in charge of each and every sworn Deputy and correction officer in the Sheriff’s Department. In Wisconsin, a candidate for Sheriff must declare a party. In Kenosha County, it is no secret that Republicans are sweeping elections at every level. Even though Rowe is a life-long liberal democrat, he decided to run as a Republican because it is his only path to this powerful office. He regularly donates to democrat politicians and received many campaign contributions from prominent democrats.
It is extremely clear that Rowe believes that Conservatives in Kenosha County are gullible enough to believe he is a conservative republican. He is not. We are not.
Walker Recall Petition
Rowe, being a strong opponent of Governor Walker, signed the recall Walker petition. He signed the petition on 12/8/2011.
Rowe is openly anti-second amendment. He recently said at a Sheriff’s candidate forum that he opposes concealed carry for citizens. Most law enforcement officers support concealed carry for citizens, especially with the unprecedented amount of homicides in Kenosha County in the last couple of years.
Rowe attended a fundraiser for an Attorney General candidate. During the event, attendees were asked to raise their hands if they agreed that Rittenhouse shouldn’t have been charged; what seemed like everyone raised their hand, except for one. Instead, Rowe intentionally kept his hand down and shook his head in disagreement.
Rowe said publicly that he supported the response to the Kenosha Riots of 2020 that left Kenosha forever scarred saying, “I don’t want to Monday morning quarterback [Sheriff Beth].”
It has long been the source of contention how the money in the D.A.R.E. accounts is spent. KCE was only able to obtain two years of bank records. The rest were in the possession of Kenosha Finance Director Patty Merrill who often times refuses to release records in a timely manner or at all. We saw thousands of dollars spent on miscellaneous items and other perks that didn’t show a clear benefit to students. For example, Rowe used D.A.R.E. money to pay for his Sam’s Club membership and fancy hotels during D.A.R.E. conferences. In fact, as we speak, Rowe is at a D.A.R.E. conference, even though he is no longer serving as the Kenosha County D.A.R.E. officer. He is planning to retire if he wins so that he can double-dip, that is, collect a pension and the six-figure income that comes with the office. In 2017 and 2018, there were some concerns from high-ranking Sheriff’s Department officials that there was money missing from the D.A.R.E bank account. Sheriff Beth refuses to publicly release any findings from an investigation that may or may not have been ordered.
Campaigning on Duty
Rowe has received many complaints about campaigning while on duty, a clear violation of law and ethics. Even though the current Sheriff is close friends with Rowe and endorsing him, he couldn’t ignore the egregiousness of one complaint in particular. The Sheriff had no choice but to write Rowe up. KCE obtained a copy of the disciplinary letter in Rowe’s personnel file from September 10, 2021. It details a Twin Lakes Police K9 fundraiser in which Rowe was in uniform with his department-issued and tax payer funded D.A.R.E. car and off duty. He made a political speech in support of his campaign.
Overtime For Parades
Rowe purchased a magnet that reads “Deputy Ray Rowe, Deputy Friendly” and placed it on his car during the parades to help his campaign. This is of course, as he is making overtime from the tax payers. KCE was sent a photo of the D.A.R.E. car after the parades and the magnet is gone. It is clear he is campaigning on our dime.
House Up North
KCE received information the Rowe befriended an elderly lady who sold him a house up north for much less than market value. He then allegedly sold the house for a large profit. We made contact with Rowe to ask for his side of this story and he had “no comment.”
On August 9, 2022, conservatives in Kenosha County will have three good conservative candidates to chose from. They value the rule of law. They support the second amendment and order. They have experience enforcing the law. These candidates are:
Kenosha Sheriff’s Sergeant David Zoerner (R)
Kenosha Police Officer Tyler Cochran and (R)
Kenosha Police Officer Albert “Bryan” Gonzales (R)
Liberals have two choices:
James Simmons (D) and
Ray Rowe (D)
Ray Rowe, however will appear on the Republican ballot with an (R) next to his name. It stands for RINO (Republican in Name Only)
Conservatives of Kenosha County. Don’t let Ray Rowe fool you – Vote for a conservative.