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Howell Will Seek Re-Election to Virginia Senate

June 5, 2015News Clip

June 5, 2015

Virginia State Senator Janet Howell (D-Reston) says she will run for a seventh term in 2015.

The signature filing deadline for the election was March 9. No Republican challenger has filed to oppose Howell in the Nov. 3 general election.

Howell has represented Virginia’s 32nd District in Richmond since 1992.

Howell said in an email to constitutes that over the last few months, she considered not running as the climate for Northern Virginia Democrats can be a struggle in the Republican-led General Assembly.

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Here's Why I'm running

June 4, 2015Blog Post

Arlington, VA - 

Over the twenty four years that I have been in the Virginia Senate hundreds of people have asked me basically the same question:  What is a nice lady like you doing in a place like Richmond?

It always makes me laugh but it also makes me ask myself:  Why do I love being in the Virginia Senate?  Especially over the past several months, I have been reassessing if I should run for a seventh term.  Things are rough and often ugly in Richmond. We progressives are in a constant struggle with the overwhelmingly far right House of Delegates. Developing friendships or even working relationships across party and regional lines seems to be getting harder and harder.

Yet, I can't quit now!  I really love fighting for our values.  We can't stop working for a Virginia that cares for all its people and treats everyone fairly. I want to be on the front lines of this struggle. It may not be for everyone, but there is no better place for me than the Senate of Virginia.

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"Reston - A 'New Town' Dedicated

June 2, 2015News Clip

Robert E. Simon has a new place to sit in his “new town.”

Last Friday, May 29, Simon sat with Board of Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Del. Ken Plum, Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova and Va. Sen. Janet Howell underneath a historical marker that will remind everyone that Reston was one of the first master-planned communities in the United States.

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Legislature returns Friday to fix glitch in ethics bills

April 16, 2015News Clip

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:30 pm

The Virginia General Assembly has delayed until Friday a vote on a series of amendments proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe designed to clarify and tighten new rules on gifts and the conduct of state and local public officials.

The holdup Wednesday as the legislature reconvened was over the proposed $100 aggregate cap on gifts that a lawmaker can receive each calendar year. As it turned out, the governor’s proposed amendment could be interpreted to be a lifetime limit, rather than an annual limit.

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Democratic Legislators Zero In to Urge 4 McAuliffe Vetoes

March 12, 2015News Clip

March 11, 2015, 7:06 pm

Democrats in the Virginia legislature are zeroing in on four bills passed by their Republican-controlled bodies that they hope to persuade Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto this month. Speaking at a post-legislative session town hall meeting in McLean last Saturday, State Del. Marcus Simon, who represents the 53rd District that includes the City of Falls Church, said the bills, if vetoed by the governor, stand a good chance of not being overridden by the legislature when it convenes for its veto session early next month.

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