Howell delivers proven Republican leadership
By Gary Snellings, Cord Sterling, Bob Thomas, Paul Milde and Jack Cavalier
Voters have an important decision to make about the future of the region when they decide the Republican nominee for the 28th House District between Del. Bill Howell and Susan Stimpson.
Del. Howell has honorably served our community for many years, and is also speaker of the House. Mrs. Stimpson served one term on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and lost a bid for lieutenant governor in 2013.
We’ve worked with Bill for many years. He is a proven, conservative leader. He is effective, responsive and trustworthy. We also know Mrs. Stimpson, whose term on the board was marked with conflict. The contrast between these two, their records and their leadership style could not be clearer.
We are proud to endorse and support Del. Howell for re-election.
He has demonstrated time and time again the ability to get things done. He built a Republican super-majority in the House of Delegates that cut $7 billion in proposed state government spending, defeated $30.2 billion in tax increases, kept Virginia taxes among the lowest in the nation and fought to eliminate unfunded mandates that hurt local governments.
Howell also delivers results directly for the people. When we needed “cost to compete” education funding to hire and retain the best teachers in Stafford, we called Bill Howell. He got it done.
When we needed help securing the land for Crow’s Nest preserve, we called Bill Howell. He helped get it done.
When Glenn Trimmer needed help cutting through the red tape and getting permits to move forward on the Civil War Park, he called Bill Howell. The speaker got it done.
When PTA leaders needed to get around burdensome regulations that effectively killed school fundraisers, they called Bill Howell. He got it done. There are countless more examples.
Howell’s ability to get things done is exceeded only by his character. He is always straightforward and honest. He is a man of deep humility and integrity. He is a true public servant who puts the interests of our region and Virginia first.
Despite being one of the most powerful men in Virginia, he is always open and responsive. He works long hours at his log cabin office in Falmouth, where he’s always willing to take a phone call or a visitor. You can catch him grabbing coffee at the gas station or lunch at Amy’s Café.
Mrs. Stimpson herself may have put it best just a few years ago when she said that Howell “never forgets where he came from.” That’s absolutely true.
His effectiveness and steady leadership stand in deep contrast to that of his opponent. We worked with Mrs. Stimpson during her time on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Her time on the board was marked with friction. Board meetings were contentious and uncomfortable. When she was chairman, the board went so far as to strip her of the power to appoint committee members. Her leadership style simply does not produce results.
Mrs. Stimpson also often boasts about her record on the Board of Supervisors. But in many cases, the accomplishments are not hers to claim. They were the result of many years of work by other board members.
For example, Mrs. Stimpson claims to have downsized Stafford County government, but the truth is that more than half of those cuts were planned and prepared before her first meeting as a board member.
She also often claims credit for cutting taxes and repealing the business, professional and occupational license, or BPOL, tax. The truth, however, is that these efforts were spearheaded by other members.
The contrast between Del. Howell and Mrs. Stimpson is clear, as is the choice voters face on June 9.
Mrs. Stimpson’s record isn’t what she claims it to be. We’ve worked with her and have seen firsthand that her idea of leadership does not work.
Bill Howell is a proven, effective and conservative leader. He is a fixture in this community who has served us with honor and integrity. He’s run a positive campaign that focused on his record and service.
That’s why we are supporting Del. Bill Howell on June 9. We encourage our fellow voters in Stafford County to do the same.
Gary Snellings, Cord Sterling, Bob Thomas, Paul Milde and Jack Cavalier serve on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.