“After much thought and urging from fellow Republicans I decided to enter the race” Howell said. “This is a completely volunteer post and will require a lot of my spare time but I am ready for a new challenge following the death of my wife Carol to breast cancer just over two years ago.”
Howell said as a member of the State GOP Executive Committee his goal will be to strengthen the GOP and promote true conservative values of limited government, more personal responsibility, traditional family values and free enterprise. “I also want to recruit and encourage strong Republicans to run for public office in District 9 as well as state-wide, and then do all I can to support them in getting elected” Howell said.
“I believe 2010 is a very important election year for Tennesseans. We must work hard to keep our GOP majorities in the State House and Senate and elect a Republican Governor. But the importance of city and county races cannot be overlooked. We must build a strong conservative base at all levels of government and regain our position as a party of principles and ideas.”
Howell has been active in the Bradley County Republican Party since moving his family to Cleveland in 1971. For many years he commuted to his job at WDSI Fox 61 in Chattanooga where he served as senior news anchor and managing editor. In January, 2009 he accepted the post of executive assistant to the Bradley County mayor where he is now employed.
The State Executive Committee is the governing body of the state Republican Party and is responsible for establishing by-laws which govern county Republican organizations.
Howell said “this is an important volunteer post which can help influence conservative Republican principles across Tennessee. I will work hard to make sure Republican views and values in Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, and Polk counties are well represented.”