During college, Eric Cantor interned in the office of then-Congressman Tom Bliley, then attended law school and served time in the Virginia General Assembly before running for his mentor’s congressional seat after Bliley announced his retirement.
Susan Stimpson, who was mentored by Speaker Bill Howell and served three years on the Stafford Board of Supervisors — leaving in 2013 to unsuccessfully pursue the lieutenant governor position — chose not to wait for her former friend to retire from the House of Delegates. In a hard-hitting campaign, she is running against Howell for the 28th House District seat.
On Friday five of the six Republican supervisors Stimpson served with have endorsed Bill Howell: Chairman Gary Snellings and Supervisors Bob Thomas, Cord Sterling, Jack Cavalier, and Paul Milde. Howell expressed his gratitude by noting, “I am honored to have the support of these Stafford County Supervisors. As Delegate, I have sought to work closely with local leaders to help keep taxes low, eliminate burdensome and unfunded mandates and give them more control over education decisions. Gary, Bob, Cord, Jack and Paul are dedicated leaders who I am honored to know. I appreciate their support and look forward to working with them moving forward.”
Speaking about the endorsement, Chairman Gary Snellings (R-Hartwood) said, “I know Bill Howell. He has done an outstanding job representing the 28th District. He is a great leader and will continue doing good for Stafford County. We are standing unified in our effort to make sure Bill is re-elected to the House of Delegates.”
Supervisor Bob Thomas (R-George Washington) added, “Bill is exactly the kind of leader we need in the House of Delegates. As a local elected official, I know how critical it is to have our voice heard in Richmond and Bill has always been willing to listen to the concerns of local leaders. I know he will continue to put Stafford County and our constituents first and I am proud to endorse him for re-election.”
“No one is more qualified to serve our community in the House of Delegates than Bill Howell,” said Supervisor Cord Sterling (R-Rock Hill). “The calm demeanor and steady leadership he has displayed over the years, as well as his proven conservative record, are evident to anyone who knows him. We are eager to support him again this year.”
Supervisor Jack Cavalier noted, “Bill is known for his high character and impeccable integrity, and he has always been willing to help his constituents on any issue, be it large or small. I am excited to join Gary, Bob, Cord and Paul in supporting Bill’s re-election effort.”
“Bill Howell delivers for the people of Stafford,” said Supervisor Paul Milde (R-Aquia). “As Delegate, Bill Howell has consistently delivered the critical resources we need to address transportation and growth, and to keep our local economy thriving. I am proud to join my fellow supervisors in supporting him.”
“I am excited for the Supervisors to join the growing list of citizens from across the 28th District who are supporting our campaign,” Howell added. “The energy and momentum is building. Over 45 people have shared their stories through WeKnowBill.com and thanks to the help of our volunteers, we have already knocked over 11,000 doors. I appreciate the support of these local leaders and look forward to adding more names to our campaign soon.”