Howell Vows to Wear Name Tag Until Election

by Katie Pyzyk June 25, 2012 at 10:20 am 4,475 45 Comments

A congressional candidate who recently joined the race is trying to get some recognition in an unconventional way. Jason Howell will be wearing a name tag from now until the election on November 6.

Howell, who actually got the ball rolling on his campaign last year, was informed on Monday, June 18, that he had officially made the ballot. He’s up against incumbent Rep. Jim Moran (D), Patrick Murray (R) and Independent Green candidate Janet Murphy in the 8th District congressional race. He’ll be running as an independent.

Howell believes part of the problem with campaigning, particularly as an independent, is the lack of name recognition. To remedy that problem, he’ll wear a name tag every time he’s in public until the election. Howell hopes he’ll get enough exposure so people will recognize his name by the time they get to the polls. He said there’s only one exception to the name tag rule: “When I’m wearing a campaign t-shirt in the gym.”

A major sticking point for Howell is the partisan nature of politics today.

“People don’t vote for the people they know, they vote for the ‘D’ or the ‘R.’ They vote for the branding,” said Howell. “Unfortunately the politicians have figured that out. They don’t have to be the best candidate, they just have to have the ‘R’ or the ‘D.'”

Howell believes being an independent in Congress would give him the ability to make changes that current members struggle with.

“The ability to go in there and create relationships without parties’ strings is what I bring to the table,” said Howell. “The biggest problem we have is our politics. It’s not that we don’t have enough money to take care of problems or we don’t have enough ideas, but the partisanship has locked them out of solutions.”

Howell views America’s current economic situation as something that needs fixing right away. Howell, who started out with a career in accounting and is now a writer and speaker, says the financial crisis prompted him to run for Congress. He doesn’t think current lawmakers are handling the situation well, and believes it’s time for Congress to sport fresh faces from a younger generation.

“Someone from my generation needed to get involved,” he said. “I decided to step up and be a part of the solution.”

  • drax

    You won’t get my vote by telling me that the only reason I voted for someone last time was the D or R next to the name. I’m not that dumb, Jason.

    • Vikram

      That makes one of you.

      • drax

        So you and I are the only smart voters, and everyone else is a dolt? Is that it?

  • Corey

    I’m sure that’ll work.

  • JimPB

    Bravo, Jason Howell. Delighted to learn of your initiative. Good luck.

    What are your three top legislative priorities?

    Do you have a proposal to get America back to work again at good paying jobs (sufficient pay to support a family)?
    (This would do more than any other single action to whack annual deficits and to begin to bring the debt under control by increasing revenues (including contributions to Social Security and Medicare) at all levels of government and reducing expenditures for assistance (including Social Security disability and initiating Social Security benefits early).)

    • outoftowner

      I’m sure Jim Moran has answers to all of those questions, so let’s just keep electing him.

  • Neighbor

    He should just legally change his name to Thurston, and I bet he’d garner a significant portion of the vote.

    • Ginger

      I’d find him more attractive

    • MaryAnn

      I bet

    • drax

      He’d be perfect as Romney’s running mate.

    • Lovey

      Back off, b!tches.

      • Mary Ann2 AKA tabs

        I wanna be loved by you. By you and nobody else but you. I wanna be loved by you. Boo-boo-be-do.

    • Gilligan

      ALL of you back off!

  • Becoming indifferent

    Did he get this idea from Seinfeld?

    • Rick

      Lloyd Braun is on the Howell Campaign Staff. I know because he sold me a computer

      • drax


  • Andy

    Good luck Mr. Howell. It’s clear that our incumbent politicians are completely incapable of solving any of our problems, so I’m willing to take a risk. You certainly can’t be any worse than what we have now, and hopefully you’d be a lot better.

  • Rick

    Incredibly nice guy, very personable. He might be the el presidente of Ballston, shaking hands and kissing babies non stop. If he doesn’t win I hope he puts a serious dent in someones numbers.

  • Roover

    Sorry bro this is James Moran territory!!

    • Keith

      He’s old though

      • Roover

        Thats true Keith but he is still very powerful and as long as he is on the ballot he has my vote

  • i’ll vote for any non-white under 50.

    • Roover

      C’mon Captain Pub cut the non-white part out. This is Arlington. As long as the candidate says (D) it shouldnt matter what they look like.

      • true, should’ve clarified.

        clarification: just no frumpy ol’ white men.

        • Tabby_TwoTone

          Frumpy doesn’t really fit. Moran looks pretty fit and stylin to me.

  • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

    If he wants to be more recognizable he should doff a Bozo wig and sport a gigantic red bow tie. If he follows my advice, he will not soon be forgotten.

    • Postfontaine

      That’s a clown outfit, bro.

      • WeiQiang


        • Richard Cranium


  • Salmon Ella

    Jason is a nice guy, and I suspect he might put a dent in Moran’s numbers…and maybe Murry’s too. Give the guy a shot, and at least look at all 3 of the candidates (make that 4) websites, and see what they stand for.

  • Bard

    Met this guy out and about a few months ago. He’s very personable, in a genuine way. I get the sense that he’s a lot more conservative than he lets on, but at least he’s a nice guy, and is running a campaign centered around reaching out to the community. Props to him in that regard.

  • HayDiosMio

    ehh, why not? the other guys haven’t done much to impress so let’s do it.. I’ll check mark the ” I ” box this time.

    That old saying “mejor mal conocido que por conocer.. ” hasn’t paid off too well…

  • St Just

    I met this man at Giant and signed his petition.

    I really don’t know anything about him, seemed nice. I’ll vote for him unless there is a chance Moran will lose than I will have to vote for him.

    *that is assuming Howell has no chance to win, if he does I will vote for him regardless. I assume he will not, thouhg.

  • Bdgrgl

    I’ve known Jason through a mutual friend. He’s a honest and good guy. When I was looking for a job, he went out of his way to help me. I think we need some fresh faces in Congress. It’s obvious that what we have isn’t working. Go to Jason’s website for more information on his position on issues.

    • dk (not DK)

      The 112th Congress (which started January 2011) has the largest class of freshmen representatives in 60 years. Fresh faces don’t seem to be the answer.

  • Hattie McDaniel

    Interesting that all the comments say he is a nice guy and is very personable, but nothing along the lines of “he has a great grasp of the issues” or “he has some great ideas on where to take the country”.

    I remember folks saying G.W. Bush was quite charming in person and people wanted to “have a beer with him”.

    Something to think about.

  • Kiffee

    I met Jason outside the Giant on Lee Hwy while he was collecting signatures to get on the ballot. Seemed like a pretty genuine guy. I’m actually tempted to vote for him, as I agree with many of his points…

    • Bingo Bango

      What are his points? I mean specifically. Nothing vague and such. None of the responses elaborated.

      I’m honestly curious.

  • MB

    Go on, ask him about Ron Paul.

    Libertarian. Bet on it.

  • louie matsikas

    I’ve known Jason for a few years and have been impressed with his intelligence and concern for our Country.
    I feel that Moran has been there long enough and is too in debt to the “good ole Boys” system.
    Jason will make his decisions on the benefits of a bill to our Community and not his personal gain.


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