Another election cycle is here and the usual partisans are writing attacks on Del. Bill Howell for being “too conservative.”
The Washington Post attacked his stand against Medicaid expansion, likening it to “massive resistance” against school integration.
A rare sharp response from Del. Howell pointed to dangers of another unfunded mandate when federal largesse dries up, and patriotically noted the federal government does not have the Medicaid expansion money to print and spend. Increasing funding to the state’s free clinics is a superior strategy.
There have been attacks from his Republican opponent that he’s “not conservative enough” and has “lost touch.” These assertions attack a steadfast champion of minimal government, local control, Second Amendment rights and pro-life issues.
Under Speaker Howell the House has reinforced our (highest) credit rating, maintained the lowest possible taxes and brought recognition to our state for outstanding management.
His transportation efforts addressed needs in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Tidewater (all Democrat strongholds). His leadership in historic preservation for Virginia’s 400th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War have enhanced tourism, one of our most significant industries.
Republicans and all of Virginia need Bill Howell working for us in Richmond.
Speaker of the House Bill Howell is being challenged for renomination in the June primary in a rather unilaterally shrill campaign suggesting nefarious motives.
Mr. Howell is one of the most respected lawmakers in the House of Delegates, as indicated by his continued re-election as speaker.
Under his leadership, Virginia has the 46th lowest tax burden in the country. Virginia is one of only 10 states with a triple-A bond rating from all three major credit rating agencies.
The sensible plan is to wholeheartedly renominate Bill Howell for delegate from our 28th district in the June Republican primary.
I write on behalf of Speaker Bill Howell.
When selecting a representative, you want an individual who is honest, straight-talking and responsive. Bill is all of those thing.
I’ve worked closely with Bill over the last 25 years. He’s always been responsive to my phone calls and letters. I have been impressed with his integrity and convinced that he represented the majority of his constituents and not special interests.
I cannot say that about his opponent, whom I also voted for when she was on the Board of Supervisors.
In the one contact I had with her, it became obvious that she represented the developers and builders in Stafford, against the wishes of many who had voted for her.
She stresses the tax increases as one of her objections to Bill. People have to realize that the increase in taxes was primarily directed to transportation problems, which are caused in great part by the overdevelopment we are facing—the same overdevelopment that she favored. Why would we think she would change?
I have supported Speaker Howell since he was first elected and will continue to do so as long as he wishes to be my representative.
In Bill Howell we have an honest, straight-talking representative. Finding someone like that is difficult in this day and age. I see no reason to change that now.
I have never gotten very involved with promoting anything political much less writing a letter to the editor but I am proud to make an exception to stand up for Bill Howell. I wanted to give my two cents on his much talked about upcoming election and weigh in on his legislative record.
In recent coverage of the Republican nomination contest for the 28th House District, Howell’s record and dedication to service are discussed. As his constituent and friend, I can attest that he is a phenomenal legislator and has always worked with our best interests as his priority. He has a proven record of getting things done and working to achieve the better good for all of us.
Bill has worked tirelessly to achieve real traffic solutions and craft realistic, responsible budgets for our commonwealth. His goals of focusing on tax reform, improving education, and improving government efficiency are so important to our district and his leadership on these issues statewide has made Virginia one of the best managed states in the nation. I cannot imagine a better person to represent us and who could do a better job at getting tangible results tackling these tough issues.
The questions raised by critics asking what Bill has done for us are an easy one to answer: our 28th district and our state as a whole would not have had the critical infrastructure overhauls that were made possible under his leadership and willingness to work with all stakeholders on these key issues.
Any claims that Bill is out of touch or only serving special interests is a patently false statement; we could not find a more selfless and hardworking citizen legislator if we tried. I hope you will consider joining me in supporting Bill Howell for delegate in the June 9 primary.
I was taken aback by Susan Stimpson’s Feb. 5 commentary in which she attacked Del. Bill Howell’s character, accusing him of being “engaged in a shell game” with state transportation dollars.
You can disagree with Howell on the issues. You may not like how he votes. But no one can say that he is deceptive or dishonest.
I’ve known Bill for 35 years. He is a good-hearted and kind person. He and his wife, Cessie, are active in our community. They’re genuine, honest and trustworthy.
Stimpson of all people should know this—they were among her biggest supporters in her first runs for office.
It is sad to see someone whom they used to consider a friend and mentee turn around and say such empty, hateful words. Bill and Cessie are some of most caring people I know. Their character speaks much more loudly than sensational attacks.
Stimpson’s attacks on Bill Howell’s character are not true, but they do say a lot about her character. I simply won’t stand for the defamation of Bill’s good name and all he has done to serve those in the 28th District.