Yesterday we announced our campaign for re-election. Here’s a roundup of the news coverage.
Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell, R–Stafford, will seek re-election to the 28th District, a post he has held without any serious challenge since 1987.
The 71-year-old announced his bid by video on Thursday.
“Through proven conservative leadership, we have built a 68-member Republican supermajority,” he said in a statement. “With that majority, we have led the fight against Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and cut nearly $7 billion in proposed spending since 2007. Unlike Washington, we haven’t kicked the can down the road.”
In his statement, Howell said he plans to focus on tax reform, improving opportunities for education and to continue to “cut spending and make government smaller and more efficient.”
“I am proud of my record,” he said, “but like the people of Fredericksburg and Stafford, I know this election is about the future. I am running for re-election because I know there is more we can accomplish.”
University of Mary Washington political professor Stephen J. Farnsworth said Howell “goes into this race with all the advantages,” including name recognition.
The speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William J. Howell, on Thursday announced that he will seek another term, setting up a Republican face-off between the 27-year incumbent and his protege.
In a video that was filled with soft-focus images of his district, in the Stafford-Fredericksburg area, Howell emphasized his “conservative leadership” and touted such accomplishments as blocking Medicaid expansion and slashing proposed government spending.
The video makes a not-so-subtle pitch for Howell as a fixture of his district, with scenic views of downtown Fredericksburg, the Rappahannock River and Stafford Civil War Park — the “Union Army’s Valley Forge,” the sign says. The smiling lawmaker is seated beside a roaring fire in a restored log cabin that doubles as his legislative and law office.
“I’ve always remembered to keep up the fight for you, to stand up for hardworking families and work with job creators here in the district,” Howell said, twice remarking on how “humbled” he is to serve and to have voters’ support.
Saying he is “humbled and honored” to represent the people of the 28th legislative district, longtime Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, on Thursday formally announced his bid for re-election next year.
Howell, 71, who has served in the House since 1988 and as speaker since 2003, made the announcement in a brief video posted online Thursday.
His decision puts to rest rumors that the influential Republican leader — a trust and real estate lawyer from Falmouth — would retire when his term expires at the end of 2015.
“Through proven conservative leadership, we have built a 68-member Republican supermajority,” Howell said in announcing his re-election bid.
“With that majority, we have led the fight against Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and cut nearly $7 billion in proposed spending since 2007. Unlike Washington, we haven’t kicked the can down the road. We have tackled tough challenges like pension reform and transportation.”
Howell said reforms made by the legislature to the Virginia Retirement System saved taxpayers $9 billion in unfunded long-term liabilities. He also defended the transportation package, saying it would help attract jobs and grow the economy.
“I am running for re-election because I know there is more we can accomplish,” he said.
“Virginia needs real tax reform and relief for families and businesses. We need to increase opportunities and choice in education. And we need to continue to cut spending and make government smaller and more efficient.”