He has taken a leave of absence from his job in the County Mayor’s Office.
“The community of Southeast Tennessee has stood by my family and me in the midst of some very trying times. As they loved and ministered to us during those times, I determined if I were ever given the opportunity to repay this community I would take it.
“That is why, today, I am announcing my campaign for state representative. It is not a steppingstone to another position or career path; I see it simply as an opportunity to serve the community I love,” Howell said.
“I believe true public service is an honorable thing, and that we must preserve the future for our children and grandchildren. I will fight for lower taxes, less government, the sanctity of all human life, the sanctity of marriage, and our Second Amendment rights. I have the courage to hold firm to my beliefs, and I promise to serve the good people of Southeast Tennessee with principled leadership and integrity.”
“Southeast Tennessee has always had good, conservative representation in Nashville, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”
District 22 covers parts of Bradley County, and all of Polk and Meigs counties.
For the past five years, he has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Cleveland/Bradley Greenway Board, and the county Storm Water Advisory Board, as well as directed the county’s Three Star Program.
Since 2010, he has served Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, and Polk counties on the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee.