In context: A week ago today, there was an elephant in the room. That’s not a play on party politics — the room was the meeting area of Red Lobster on Shorter Avenue in Rome. The Floyd County Republican Women were meeting and the scheduled speakers were the three GOP hopefuls for sheriff.
But seated among them were Marjorie Taylor Greene of Alpharetta and Clayton Fuller of Lookout Mountain, both of whom had announced their runs for the 14th Congressional District seat Tom Graves is leaving at year’s end. And making a quick appearance between legislative meetings was state Rep. Katie Dempsey, also a potential congressional candidate.
But the elephant among the party with an elephant as a symbol was Dr. John Cowan, a popular Rome neurosurgen and entrepreneur. Wearing scrubs and a white doctor’s coat, Cowan hung back. not quite ready to go formal with his campaign. Rivals already had said he’d lined up former Floyd Republican Party Chair Andy Garner to run his campaign. And Cowan acknowledged an announcement was pending.
As of this morning, change that pending to posted. The Rome doctor is indeed in the U.S. House race. The release follows:
Media release: Conservative Republican John Cowan of Rome announced today he’s running for the open 14th Congressional District seat. Cowan, a neurosurgeon, said he’d strongly support the President’s agenda for the country while bringing his experience and expertise to find solutions for the nation’s healthcare crisis.
“As your representative, you’ll never have to question where I stand on the issues most important to you,” Cowan said. “I’ll promote and defend pro-life legislation, the Second Amendment, our borders, our religious freedoms, our military, our veterans and our first responders. I’ll stand for what has made America great, and I’ll fight against any efforts by the left to rebrand socialism, undermine our Constitution, or threaten our freedoms. I’ll represent the 14th District with integrity and champion hard work, individual responsibility and free-market solutions.
“I’m running now because I believe I have the necessary skills and training to address the nation’s deepest needs. The values and freedoms that Americans hold dear are imperiled by our nation’s unsustainable healthcare spending. We spend more on healthcare than any developed nation yet have declining life expectancy and worse health. Healing a broken healthcare system will go a long way toward putting us back on the right path. This can’t happen without physicians in Congress. It’s time to make a House call.”
Cowan’s professional and civic experience has prepared him well to serve in the House.
“In the medical profession, I’ve spent my career healing, restoring and putting my patients back on the path to good health,” said Cowan. “It’s the greatest reward to see patients get better. I now feel called to serve in a new capacity helping to provide the healing our country desperately needs.”
Cowan lives in Rome with his wife, Dr. Annie Cowan, an anesthesiologist he met while both were students at Johns Hopkins Medical School. She’s a pioneer in perioperative medicine and serves on the Medical Association of Georgia’s Opioid Task Force. John and Annie have four children and attend First Presbyterian Church of Rome, where John has served as an elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He’s also an entrepreneur and small businessman who understands what it takes to create new jobs and meet a payroll.
Cowan said his principles reflect the deep conservative values of northwest Georgia: Faith, Family and Freedom.
“I grew up on a cattle farm in Northwest Georgia, where my family has lived for a century now,” Cowan said. “My community has invested in me and given me unbelievable opportunity. I want to represent our conservative values in Congress because we continually need a new supply of business and civic leaders who don’t come from the career political class. We need creative new ideas, rooted in traditional values.”
Cowan’s campaign will be chaired by Rome attorney Andy Garner, and former Rome Mayor Evie McNiece will serve as his campaign treasurer. Visit www.CowanForCongress.com.