Del. Howell is involved in the local community
Please allow me to convey my support for Bill Howell. He has been a friend to me for many years, and continues to be approachable and dependable.
My first interaction with Bill was many years ago when my partner in business, Jesse Willard, died unexpectedly. Bill was the trust officer at the bank that helped us work through that process.
While his advice and counsel was extremely important, it was his caring and personal approach that gave us the comfort we needed at such a turbulent time.
Bill continues to be involved in the local community by supporting many events, including the Annual Benefit Oyster Roast we do every year.
Bill Howell is the representative we should elect.
The writer is founder, White Oak Equipment, Inc.
Susan Stimpson would be a ‘rookie backbencher
The major thrust of the shrill and negative campaign waged by Speaker Howell’s opponent is related primarily to taxes.
The contention is that Mr. Howell raised taxes multiple times indiscriminately to support increased, unnecessary spending. Here are some facts:
Under his leadership, $7 billion in proposed spending was cut since 2007. The revenue shortfall in 2014 of $2.4 billion was closed without raising taxes. Spending in Virginia is down 4 percent since 2005 after adjusting for population and inflation.
Replacing the most powerful position in the House of Delegates with a rookie back-bencher whose voice will be barely heard seems ill-advised.
National Guard counts on Howell for support
I have known Speaker Bill Howell for many years. My latest association with him focused on the Department of Military Affairs programs, capabilities and resourcing for the Virginia National Guard.
Bill is always accessible and open-minded. He genuinely admires our men and women in uniform and the veterans. I am impressed with his unwavering patriotism and his impeccable character.
Effective leaders must successfully represent residents in the very challenging environment of state government. They must be intolerant of wasteful programs and be unyielding good stewards of tax dollars.
Bill Howell is that kind of leader.
Daniel E. Long Jr.
Howell keeps in touch with area constituents
Bill Howell has been a constant force in advocating for this region. From newsletters discussing legislative items to his willingness to answer calls from constituents, he has always kept us informed.
In our neighborhood, we don’t get a lot of contact from political folks. Not many residents seem interested in state matters, but the campaign he is running certainly has created a buzz.
The personal touches he has put into his communication with his constituents is a Bill Howell trademark we will remember.
Kay and Jack Patterson
Howell backed needed transportation funding
As a Fredericksburg business owner for more than 30 years and a lifelong resident, I support the renomination of Bill Howell to the House of Delegates.
Like me, Bill Howell loves the state of Virginia and he wants the best for her people. The decisions he has supported as a representative regarding transportation, education and budgeting are precisely the reason Virginia is one of the best-managed states in the nation.
His opponent has aggressively attacked his support to increase taxes for maintaining roads and creating traffic solutions for overdeveloped areas of the state.
These taxes cannot be avoided. It is our duty to contribute to rising costs associated with the upkeep of highways, bridges and tunnels—all of these things that allow us to continue to do business, make a living and maintain the quality of life we work so hard for.
He is responsible and realistic. More development means more traffic, faster road deterioration and back roads that handle massive commuter overflow they were never intended to. This all has a cost and realistically we must account for it.
Keep Virginia great—keep Bill Howell on June 9.
John D. Mitchell
Would Stimpson steer area in right direction?
Attendees from the White Oak Candidates Forum might have heard this peculiar analogy from Susan Stimpson about her rationale for running for public office.
She describes herself as a back-seat driver to someone who is steering the car in the wrong direction and she feels she must take over.
But when Stimpson was talking about going down the wrong road, I wondered where that road came from so she could drive anywhere at all?
And how was it built? And how was it paid for? Where would all these people be if transportation had not kept up with population?
Delegate Bill Howell, the driver in Stimpson’s analogy, has not steered anyone in the wrong direction.
In fact, he has managed to legislate to improve infrastructure, not just in Stafford and Fredericksburg, but also for the entire commonwealth.
I’d much rather have such a person driving the car with all of House District 28 in it.
Howell is right about Medicaid expansion
There’s no one in office today who stands up more for doctors, nurses, patients and families than Bill Howell.
We believe he did the right thing standing up against Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Bill makes tough decisions that ultimately benefit patients and providers alike. He didn’t take the politically expedient route, which would have been to vote for it. He knew it was not good for long-term health of Virginia.
Cheryl and Jim Schlesinger
Howell’s conservative nature shows through
My wife and I moved to the Falls Run community in 2004. Having been a federal employee for 36 years, I never was involved in politics except at the end of the process developing rules and programs for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Leaving all that behind, I was anxious to get involved at the grass-roots level in Stafford County, where we met Bill Howell.
We even worked with Susan Stimpson to get her elected to the Board of Supervisors. We had supported Susan in all of her previous elections. We were stunned when she announced she was running against Bill Howell in the Republican primary.
We realize that as speaker of the House, Bill Howell has to consider all of Virginia in the stances he takes. His conservative nature shows through, and that is why I stand with Bill.
Howell backs economic development in region
Bill Howell is the definition of an accessible representative of the people; any time I’ve called him to tell him about an issue facing the community, he has been the one picking up his phone to try to find a solution.
One area in particular in which he has had a big impact is in economic development. His pro-business policies have helped keep small businesses alive and bring new investments in.
I know this firsthand from working with him as a member of the state and county tow boards. What I admire most about him is that he sticks up for small businesses.
I know that voters in this district share the same priorities that I do—streamlining state government and making sure Stafford County stays pro-business.
If he’s re-elected, I know he will continue to stick up for us in Richmond.
The choice is clear; vote for Howell
It is useful to reflect upon what characteristics we would like to see in a political nominee. An excellent new book by David Brooks titled “The Road to Character” can help.
Brooks defines two aspects of a person’s life. First is the external, résumé-driven “Adam 1.” “Adam 1” wants to have high status and win victories while building his résumé.
“Adam 2” lives by a higher code and is recognized for his “leadership cultivated through demonstrated character.”
Do we want to nominate someone who is focused on building his résumé? Or do we want to support a man who is highly respected, and has demonstrated strong leadership, vision and wisdom?
For me the choice is clear. I support Bill Howell.
Delegate still cares about ‘the little guy’
Bill Howell is a very capable and effective leader in the Virginia House of Delegates. But he also is a very effective representative at the personal level.
I recently learned some things about Bill Howell. He is the initial reader of all of his mail. He and his staff take action on requests from ordinary people like me. I am not a big contributor; I am not a personal friend; I am merely a constituent.
Within two business days of receiving my letter requesting assistance in breaking a bureaucratic blockade, his chief of staff called me, and in another two days had cleared the way to a resolution of my problem.
Bill Howell cares about the little guy—me—and he has my vote.
Region is fortunate to have Bill Howell
As a Realtor, it is my job to have a finger on the pulse of our community. I see the direct impact of policy decisions at the state level when it comes to our schools, roads, community safety and jobs on a daily basis.
When I speak with families who are looking to move into our area, these are some of their top concerns. That’s why we are fortunate to have Bill Howell representing us. He has supported much-needed transportation investments, educational reforms, balanced budgets and job-growth policies.
Bill Howell is committed to teachers and education
The most important thing we as parents can do is promote happy, healthy, successful futures for our children. Our elected representatives should support those in public education to provide this environment.
There could not be a legislator more committed to education solutions than Bill Howell. He supports teachers, students and parents.
Bill has worked to keep Stafford County teachers’ pay comparable to those in surrounding localities, ensuring that qualified teachers stay in our school system.
Bill Howell is a man of integrity who deeply cares about the people he serves.
Howell uses diplomacy as speaker of the House of Delegates
Those of us who want good government have no idea how much work it takes. Our representatives are constantly balancing different needs. They must see the common good, have a vision and be effective in achieving goals.
Ihave someone in office who does just that—House Speaker Bill Howell.
He exercises diplomacy, stays principled and is honest and responsive to his community. His character, integrity and respect for others makes him worthy of our support in the June 9 primary.