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Susan Stimpson Launches Campaign for House of Delegates

Promises to Contrast Her Record of Conservative Governing Against
Bill Howell’s Tax Hiking, Big Spending Agenda
Falmouth, VA – Today former Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Susan Stimpson announced her candidacy for the House of Delegates against 28-year incumbent Delegate Bill Howell saying:

“Bill Howell has been the consistent force behind every major tax increase in Virginia in the last decade. He has voted for them, he has engineered them and they are his legacy. Simply put, Bill Howell has lost his way and is the chief architect of a tax-and-spend agenda that rewards the politicians and punishes the middle class. It is time for a change.”

Susan Stimpson will challenge Bill Howell for the Republican nomination and outlined the clear choice the voters will face. Bill Howell represents the 28th District in the House of Delegates, an office he has held for nearly 28 years. He currently serves as Speaker.

Full Statement from Susan Stimpson: 

Bill Howell has been a friend, but we have profound policy disagreements. We’ve helped each other in the past and we have worked together at many levels to elect Republicans to office.  I was thrilled in 2009 when Republicans won all three statewide offices in Virginia and gained a super majority in the House of Delegates. But instead of leading as a conservative to transform government, Bill Howell squandered that opportunity by crafting the largest tax increase in Virginia’s history in 2013.

Howell repeatedly sides with the liberal Democrats and The Washington Post editorial pages and thinks government needs more money. The truth is Richmond has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Bill Howell’s repeated engineering of tax increases has been a shocking disappointment to all Republicans.

To make matters worse, Speaker Howell promised those new tax dollars would be spent to improve our roads. But after the 2013 tax hike, in their very next budget, the General Assembly unlocked the transportation “lockbox” and rolled the money into the general fund breaking that promise. Republicans must put a halt to the duplicitous nature of the tax-and-spend crowd in Richmond.

Speaker Howell has equally been a champion of skyrocketing spending. Virginia’s budget has doubled under Howell’s leadership. This year alone he grew the budget over 13%.

Conservative Republicans do not continually raise taxes and grow the size of government.  Governing is about making tough decisions, actually living within our means like families do every day, and doing right by the people who elect us.

I look forward to highlighting my record of cutting taxes, cutting spending and making government more efficient while prioritizing funds for roads, schools and public safety with Speaker Howell’s tax hiking, big spending record.

For the first time in decades, voters will finally have a real choice and Bill Howell will have to explain why his engineering of massive tax increases in 2004, 2007 and 2013, and the doubling of Virginia’s budget while we still sit in traffic, are good things for Virginians.”

Susan Stimpson’s tenure on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors proved Republicans can successfully govern as conservatives—it just takes leadership and courage to do the right thing.

Despite resistance from Democrats and even some Republicans, from 2010 to 2013, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors:
  •  Abolished the business tax (BPOL) in Stafford.
  • Cut overall property taxes – 3 years in a row – a total of $11M.
  • Passed a budget LOWER than the year before (2010) – first time since 1965
  • Cut bureaucracy to 2004 levels.
  • Achieved two Bond rating upgrades by S&P and Fitch
  • Placed Stafford in position to #1 in VA in job growth and #4 in business growth throughout the Commonwealth
  • Cut our Board’s own pay by 25%

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “Susan Stimpson Launches Campaign for House of Delegates”

  1. FRANK PAPCIN says:

    the real enemy is the uninformed
    knowledge is the key to a better voter
    but if that knowledge is not shared, you are to blame
    you can gather all of the seeds you want, –but if you don’t plant them, nothing will grow

  2. Robert Shannon

    During the McDonnell administration when much of this “punishing” went on I would like to see a record of just what Susan said while it was happening. It would be most constructive for example to know what her public comments were on the Transportation Tax while it was being debated.

    Too often we fail to look back at a candidates record and public statements from the recent past and listen instead to campaign slogans and pronouncements that one expects in the heat of a contested race, as this one will surely be.

    I supported Susan in the Lt. Governors race and am very impressed with her accomplishments on the BOS, but maybe a summary of her public positions , specifically on the key tax and spending issues while they were taking place would lend some insight into the key question, which is her willingness to separate herself from the establishment when it matters.

    Back in the Spring of this year she did indeed step forward and lend support to my contention that a YES vote on the last McDonnell budget was indeed a vote to expand Medicaid, and I have often cited her own statements on the issue to fortify my own assertion that the YES vote taken by many republican legislators was indeed a vote to give Medicaid expansion the green light in Virginia.

    I have met her and have high regard for her integrity and intellect. The last of the 3 I’s ( Independence) is the remaining lingering question voters must address, and it can be done simply by taking a look back at when the “battles” were going on what did Susan have to say, at the time.

    Bob Shannon

    • Gene Lefty says:

      Her run against the powerful and well financed Speaker HB 2313 Howell itself proves her Independence. His “signature” accomplishment being the largest tax increase in Virginia history, his HB 2313.

      Just where was this call for proof of the 3 “I” purity test when Brat announced his run against Cantor?

      I would also like to see proof of what you or the Tea Party said/wrote before the VDOT raid, the VRS raid, the Raindy Day fund raid, and the taxpayer raid, HB 2313?

      And, there has been no McAuliffe budget yet. The proposed McDonnell budget was rammed down our throats by Howell and Norment. A double digit increase over last year’s budget, with a mute Tea Party??

      For you to even remotely suggest that Virginia would be better off moving forward with Howell/Norment is a story unto its self.

      A fairly tale.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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