William J. Howell (R)* *
Residence: Stafford County.
Education: BA, business administration, University of Richmond; JD, University of Virginia School of Law.
Occupation: Attorney, self-employed.
Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1988-present; speaker, Virginia House of Delegates, 2003-present; member, board of directors, Virginia Heartland Bank; member, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; member, board of directors, American Legislative Exchange Council; former director, Virginia State Chamber of Commerce; past president, Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania Chamber of Commerce; past president and campaign chairman, Rappahannock United Way; past vice chairman, board of directors, Mary Washington Hospital; former director, Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"Education, transportation, jobs and economic growth, our environment and a better quality of life are important issues. Increasingly troubling is how illegal immigration is diverting valuable resources away from funding for these core services of state government. Virginia's fiscal policies must help provide economic security for families by offering opportunities to save, educate their children, care for elderly relatives, cover medical costs and prepare for retirement. More also needs to be done to build upon this year's $850 million investment in Virginia transportation, including finding better ways that transportation planning, economic development and local land-use decisions can work together."
Why should voters elect you?
"A committed public servant with a proven record of leadership representing our shared values, I want to continue serving you with integrity and common sense."