ST. FRANCISVILLE — Heather Reid Howle has announced her candidacy for the West Feliciana Parish Police Jury District 6 seat in the Oct. 22 primary election.

“Now is a critical time to make wise decisions for the future growth of our parish. I am running for Police Jury District 6 because I will work with the police jurors and residents to ensure smart growth for our parish,” said Howle, a 35-year-old Republican.

Howle has taught history and science at West Feliciana Middle School for six years and has 13 years of experience in education.

She was named 2011 district and regional teacher of the year, and as a finalist for Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, Howle had the opportunity to attend the NASA space camp for educators.

Howle recently was among 50 educators selected from across the country by the Siemens Corp. and the Discovery Channel to attend the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Institute in Washington, D.C.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary science education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. Howle has been married to Rob Howle, a public school teacher, for 13 years. They have two children who attend West Feliciana Parish schools.

She is a member of the Women’s Service League of West Feliciana Parish, where she has worked to improve Jane Butterworth Park and raise funds for local philanthropies.

The Howles are members of Grace Episcopal Church and volunteer for local youth programs.

“As a teacher and mother of young children in West Feliciana Parish schools, my desire is that my children and future grandchildren will inherit a thriving West Feliciana Parish from our parish leaders,” she said.

Incumbent District 6 Juror Ken Dawson is running for state representative.

The district includes a central area of the parish running from part of St. Francisville north to the state line, as well as the northeast corner of the parish.

Maps of the recently approved new districts are available on the jury’s website,