Jason Howell: Why You Should Vote For Me

by ARLnow.com November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm 5,448 39 Comments

Last month we asked the four candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, Eighth District of Virginia, to write a sub-750 word essay describing why the county’s residents should vote for them on Election Day (Nov. 6).

Here is the unedited response from Jason Howell (I):

We can do better.

Our politics is broken, because our politicians don’t represent citizens.  That is the problem.  I am running for Congress as an Independent to represent people rather than parties, ideas rather than ideology.  I have lived in this area for 25 years and have spent the last 20 years, beginning in college, working in mostly accounting and finance.  I’m running to do something that neither party seems to want to do: take responsibility for the big problems we face as a country (the economy, the debt, immigration, traffic in our area and certainly taxes).  It is after all, we the people.  We are those people.

Over the course of this campaign, my wife and I and a small group of about 40 volunteers have been working for you.  My full-time career began as a bank teller where I learned as an 18 year old how important social security and interest rates checks were to our senior citizens.  My parents were immigrants so to save on student loans I worked my way through Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University earning an accounting degree.  In accounting I learned that you can’t fake math and budgets need to balance.  Before starting my own firm, my last regular job was as a recruiter at an accounting and finance staffing firm.  I was a commission only recruiter for 3 years and my best days were when I got someone a job.  This is what we need now.  Someone who gets why fiscal policy is important to seniors, knows how important balancing the budget is and has literally found people jobs.

Like his legislative colleagues who share in the all-time low approval rating, Jim Moran has T.R.I.E.D. – Traffic, Regulation, Immigration, Economy and Debt – working on critical issues but unfortunately failed.  Passionate partisanship has painted many politicians into a political corner and Mr. Moran, a member of the minority in the U.S. House, is no exception.  We can do better.

Traffic, regulation, immigration, the economy and debt are issues I will tackle during my first term.


We are number one in traffic.  Despite the millions of dollars earmarked and spent, we still hold the dubious distinction of being number one.  I will champion telecommuting policy so that Senior Executive Service level employees know that it is a priority.  For more about my ideas on telecommuting policy, click here.


To slow relationship bank consolidations and the influence of the now “too bigger to fail,” I will work with other legislators to create criteria for smaller banks that allow exemptions from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.  Small, relationship banks did not create the crisis and have been unequally burdened.  For more details regarding my stance financial regulation click here.


Jim Moran voted for the last major piece of federal immigration legislation called the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Reconciliation Act of 1996 (IIRIRA).   IIRIRA removed judge’s discretion to adjudicate crimes worthy of deportation.  This is what led to the record 396,906 “removals” of 2011.  I support the DREAM Act, the Startup Act 2.0 and changing policy to incent the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to succeed.  For more of my ideas regarding immigration click here.


In Congress, I will be a good steward of our responsibility to manage fiscal policy.  To stimulate our economy I will leverage my finance background to help lead in three areas: taxes, housing and trade.  For details about my plan to work on economy click here.


With nearly $16 trillion in short term debt and $60 trillion in long term debt obligations, we cannot just cut our way to balancing our budget and repaying our debt.  I support taking some actions in the short term to buffer our economy – like continued tax relief in 2013 – that we may not take in the long term to reduce our debt.  For long term debt reduction, I will work with the Government Accountability Office’s 2012 report to detail an organized plan for reducing the 81 areas of government program overlap.   For the GAO’s 2012 report details click here.

This is your opportunity to vote for someone in Congress rather than just against Jim Moran.  You can carve your initials into the wall of history by replacing an incumbent with an Independent.  You’ll be glad that you did.  Vote for Jason J. Howell (VoteJasonHowell.com).  We can do better, we must do better and if you vote for me on November 6, we will do better.

  • KalashniKEV

    Our politics “are” broken…

    • KathyInArlingtonVA

      “Politics” is not a plural word. Therefore, “is” is correct.

      • not for kev

        it is singular….bum round up

      • KalashniKEV

        Rarely is the question asked, “Is our Politics singular?”

    • Joe

      ah the repub getting shot down for being illiterate.. ouch.

      • KalashniKEV

        I’m not a Republican, but find it interesting that you associate them with literacy.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    I’ll definitely consider voting for Howell. I don’t agree with all of his positions, but he seems to be something needed throughout the Federal, State, and Local governments, new faces, new blood and new ideas.

  • CrystalMikey

    I tend to go down party lines, though not always. Mr. Howell already got my vote, I just hope he gets his chance…

  • JohnB2

    I met him Wednesday while he was canvassing my neighborhood in Ballston. As I mentioned to him then, I’m a strong proponent for third-party/independent candidates and often have voted for them in the past. The major drawback is when it comes to dividing the anti-incumbent vote. If I vote for him, am I helping Moran win?

    • drax

      Or helping the Republican win?

      • novasteve

        I doubt someone to the left of moran will take away votes from a republican.

        • drax

          Right, steve – he takes votes from Moran, allowing a Republican one less vote needed to win.

  • novasteve

    Ah, you suppor the DREAM act. Those stupid suckers who actually followed the rules, what fools, when people like you will just reward illegals and punish people who followed the rules.

    • your arguments would be more interesting if you actually knew what the dream act did. here’s a hint: it doesn’t include the slur “illegals.”

      • coppafill

        Do you consider the use of gringo offensive?

      • Webster

        How is the word “illegal” a slur when referring to someone who has broken the law?

    • mistress spanky

      punish them how? with whips and stuff?

    • Come’ Mi Juevos

      Yeah, someone better teach those babies and toddlers! That’ll show ’em not to float across the Rio Grande of their own accord. Goshdarn law-breakin’ infants and schoolkids.

  • Glebe Roader

    How many people want Moran out? Let’s see. Here’s an option!

  • curious george

    Howell was at the Virginia Square metro one evening introducing himself and shaking hands. He is the only candidate who made an effort to get my vote. Granted I am making my choice on a very small sample size but he will get my vote for his efforts.

    I guess Moran just takes for granted that he will get enough votes.

  • JD

    Nothing on the environment or climate change, nothing on health care, nothing on foreign policy, and vagueness on the debt. Basically, Howell isn’t saying anything at all about the issues that matter to me. I found him to be well-spoken in the debates (unlike the blowhard Murray), but I don’t see a reason to vote for Howell. I’m stuck with Jim because no one else in the race offers a progressive alternative.

    • novasteve

      Wow, maybe some lib will run as a Bolshevik next time? They might even beat Moran given the nuts who live in Arlington.

      • Tommy

        It’s amazing that all those “nuts” seem to hold high paying, responsible jobs and their kids do so well in school, isn’t it?

        • Patrick

          Someone likes to paint with a broad brush

    • my thoughts exactly, plus lgbt issues. i wanted very badly to like him, but much of what he says is extremely vague. moran isn’t perfect, but i know he stands firmly for many of the issues that directly impact me, and i have evidence in the form of his voting record.

    • Kal

      JD, instead of wasting your time commenting and trying to put someone down, why don’t you just email Jason and ask your questions, check his website or do something else other than waste peoples time putting the guy down. He’s an independent candidate and doesn’t have party money to hire a staff to answer his hard questions or to make up his feelings/emotions on issues that appeal to his party or the public. He’s actually busted his butt working the hard way towards a goal and that’s the type of people we need working for the taxpayers instead of the current Congress who doesn’t accomplish much other than personal pay raises and campaining. He is also respectful towards his competition versus the mudslinging politics we have all grown to apparently enjoy so much.

      He answers his own emails. He’s even been called out on particular emails, remembered the question AND his response. Trust me, he answers them, and it very embarassing when he can prove that he does. He’s earned my respect for personal email response, and he’s earned my vote with his intelligence and respect to others, including competition. Moran and Murray just love to yell and toss accusations at each other.

      • +1

        ^^^ This ^^^

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Right on, Kal!

  • John Fontain

    Sounds good to me. It’s time for a change. He’s got my vote.

  • NIMBY The Chicken

    Jason Howell is a great guy whom I’ve had the pleasure of seeing and speaking too all around the Ballston area. I wish him the best of luck in this election. It is an uphill climb for him, but rarely I find someone more positive than Jason.

  • DeportEmAll

    He knocked on my door. We discussed issues in detail for ten minutes or so. I decided to vote for him, and also put his sign in my front yard. He’s a good guy.

  • ArlingtonWay

    Mr. Howell seems sincere, thougtful, and intent on making a positive difference. I also like that he seems willing to entertain new ideas, try to put aside partisanship and find solutions to problems. In my view, it is also a huge plus that he is not beholden to special interests or ideologies in the way the other candidates are. In short, he seems like the type of person who is in short supply in Congress and who the country would benefit from electing. Poor bastard doesn’t stand a chance.

  • Annofnova

    Mr. Howell’s response is one of the most thorough and conscientious of all responses, which to me, is indicative of his work ethic. All candidates were given a chance to persuade people on why they should vote for each, and you can tell who takes it seriously. When people give you their time, we don’t want it to be wasted. If he does not win this time, I hope he continues to run. We need someone who is conscientious and open to new ideas. By the way, if you don’t vote for Jason Howell or Patrick Murray, whatever you do, don’t vote for Moran. Moran and his administration * never once * responded to any of my requests or inquiries. Some of them were very urgent requests for congressional aid with certain agencies. I’m disappointed but at the same time not, considering Moran’s history of fraud. Moran doesn’t serve his constituents, he serves himself only.

  • Jarocks

    I met Jason at the Virginia Square Giant when he was trying to get on the ballot. I signed the petition in support of his candidacy because I think more candidates is always better. That said, he will not get my vote. I asked him straight out if he would vote to repeal DOMA. To his credit, he told me “no”, but to paraphrase, he told me that gay couples have enough rights already. In that, he clearly seemed to me to be a standard social conservative trying to co-opt and hide behind the mantle of change.

    • Kenneth

      Thanks. I was going to vote for him, but not anymore!

    • Jarocks,

      Thank you for helping get me on the ballot.

      My actual position is that the federal government shouldn’t have a vote on anyone’s marriage because of at least, the 10th Amendment. I think the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and that section 3 of the act will likely be repealed by this Supreme Court session (if not the whole thing). The 2004 GAO report outlines how many federal and state statutes will rightly be available to the LGBT community should section 3 be reversed. Here’s a link to the report: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04353r.pdf

      Too many of my friends are members of the LGBT community for me not to see them as equals. Last night’s wins in Maryland and Maine were historical not only for LGBT rights but for the rights guaranteed all of us within our U.S. Declaration of Independence. I would have always voted to support those rights.

      My agenda has never been hidden. It was exactly as I stated in my essay above. I am an Arlington citizen who dared to challenge an incumbent for the sake of the economy.

      Jarocks, I didn’t have your vote last night – nor the vote of many apparently – but you have had and will always have my respect.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Jason, I voted for you yesterday. I did not agree with your stand on every issue, but you were (to me at least), a genuine alternative to the same ole, same ole. I’m sorry you did not get a larger percentage of the vote. If you had, maybe the powers that be would have paid more attention that many voters want progress instead of endless partisan bickering and deadlock, which seriously affect resolving important (maybe even critical) issues of the economy and jobs. I wish you well and if you ever run again, you will have my vote.

        • JohnB2


        • Thanks you Bluemontsince1961,

          So many of your neighbors were respectful and thoughtful which gives me hope. I do have to digest this “loss” but feedback like yours helps me look up.

          Thank you for your support and specifically, your vote.


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