Dan Howell Announces Campaign For State House

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Dan Howell
Dan Howell

Dan Howell, longtime executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis, and a member of the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee, announced his campaign for State House District 22. He has taken a leave of absence from his job in the county mayor's office.

Mr. Howell said, "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 stepping-stone to another position or career path; I see it simply as an opportunity to serve the community I love.

"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, Mr. Howell has served Bradley County, Tennessee as executive assistant to the county mayor. He has also 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.

The seat is now held by Rep. Eric Watson, but he plans to run for sheriff.

Bradley County Commission Vice Chairman Adam Lowe earlier got into the race.  

Dalton Police Arrest Man For Aggravated Assault, Selling Fake Phones

The Dalton Police Department arrested Giovanni Esposito, 22, Sunday evening on charges of aggravated assault after he nearly ran over an officer and two other people attempting to evade capture in a car, said police. The incident began with a report that Esposito was selling counterfeit cell phones.   The incident began shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when Dalton Police ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Home On Sea Haven Drive

Firefighters from Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene of  6329 Sea Haven Drive to find a fire through the roof and a partial collapse of the home. No one was home at the time of the fire. The family was driving home from the Washington, D.C. after visiting family over the holidays. A dog did expire in the fire. Neighbors had been taken care of the ... (click for more)

Misconceptions About Ban The Box

Mr. Exum,  I want to invite you as a guest speaker at the NAACP General Membership meeting.  I believe we can accomplish our goals and clear up any misconceptions about Ban The Box and the role of the NAACP in a much more meaningful manner face to face.   In that vein I would like to invite you to have coffee with me at Panera Bread.  I will not make a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Great Thanksgiving

In order for you to best understand this, last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving I have ever spent alone.  Don’t misunderstand, I had a fistful of kind invitations but I am the only remaining member of my immediate family around here and I guess I started dwelling on that a little too much as the holiday neared. Making out my “thankful” list helped, and I ate enough with ... (click for more)

Foster and Auriemma - Hall of Fame Coaches – Meet at McKenzie Arena Tonight

  A young basketball coach with lots of drive and knowledge but little money was in desperate need of a dependable car to get from home to work and back. A good friend gave his reliable $100 car to the coach and went out and replaced it with another $100 car. That same friend – also an up-and-coming coach – had also helped his brother a few years earlier by taking a ... (click for more)

No.1 UConn Women and Breanna Stewart Face Mocs Tonight

“By late Monday night, UConn’s Breanna Stewart will be on a very short list of the greatest female players to ever play at McKenzie Arena.”   -- UTC women’s basketball coach Jim Foster   America’s most talented female player - Breanna Stewart - on the best women’s college basketball team in the land -   UConn – is in town for a one night showing, ... (click for more)