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REPUBLICAN IN 32ND SENATE DISTRICT REALISTIC ABOUT HIS CHANCES

By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Inside NOVA

Arthur Purves and Janet Howell have a few things in common. Among them: Each is running for elected office for the eighth time. But, as Purves noted with a sense of self-deprecation, Democrat Howell has won all of her campaigns, while he has yet to notch a victory.

VaNews September 6, 2019



SEN. HOWELL IS ON THE MEND AFTER HEART SCARE

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Inside NOVA

State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) can thank an injured ankle for altering her to the fact she needed life-saving heart surgery. Howell shattered her ankle in late July while hiking on some rocks on an island in Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Howell credited her husband, Hunt, and son, Brian, with performing an “amazing rescue.”

VaNews August 20, 2019



LEGISLATOR WANTS N.VA. AUTONOMY ON SCHOOL CALENDARS

Inside NOVA

The annual legislative effort to allow Virginia localities to set their own school calendars is taking a new tack in 2019. State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) has offered legislation that, if approved, would permit Northern Virginia school systems to set their own opening dates. The rest of the commonwealth would remain subject to rules imposed by the Virginia Department of Education.

VaNews January 8, 2019



PROPOSED LAWS IN D.C. AND VA. WOULD REQUIRE CLERGY TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE

By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

In response to recent Catholic Church clergy sex abuse scandals, lawmakers in the District and Virginia say they will soon propose legislation that adds clergy to the list of people mandated by law to report child abuse or neglect. Both efforts hit at the hot-button intersection of child protection and religious liberty,

VaNews December 27, 2018



STATE SENATOR COMES AWAY ENLIGHTENED FROM DOWNSTATE JOURNEY

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Inside NOVA

It’s easy in traffic-choked, affluent Northern Virginia to remain ignorant of the struggles and triumphs in regions south. State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) and her husband, Hunt, spent July 9 through 19 on a 1,238-mile fact-finding tour in southside and southwest Virginia. The things they witnessed and learned were both hopeful and alarming.

VaNews August 28, 2018



INCUMBENTS PREVAIL IN 2015 FAIRFAX COUNTY LOCAL AND STATE ELECTIONS

By ANGELA WOOLSEY, Fairfax Times

In a night when Republicans stayed in control of Virginia’s state government, Fairfax County voters largely elected Democrats, many of them incumbents, on Nov. 3. Sharon Bulova was reelected as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman, announcing that Republican challenger Arthur Purves had called her to concede the race about an hour before her 10:00 p.m. announcement.

VaNews November 5, 2015



DEMOCRATS WIN 2 OPEN SEATS ON FAIRFAX BOARD; ALL INCUMBENTS ARE REELECTED

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Voters in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction on Tuesday reelected all eight incumbents on the Board of Supervisors, including Chairman Sharon Bulova, and chose the Democratic candidates for open seats in the Sully and Mount Vernon districts. After bitter campaign disputes over the county budget, taxes, traffic and even a gun store in affluent McLean, the election provided a strong endorsement of the status quo in Fairfax County, a jurisdiction of 1.1 million residents and several large government contractors.

VaNews November 4, 2015



BUDGET WOES DEFINE ELECTION IN VIRGINIA’S LARGEST JURISDICTION

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia’s largest county is grappling with a problem that has become familiar to suburban communities across the country: How to redefine itself amid aging neighborhoods, sweeping demographic changes and a sluggish economy that has sparked debates over raising taxes or significantly cutting into residents’ quality of life.

VaNews November 1, 2015



E-MAILS: LONG TRIED TO BLOCK FAIRFAX ACTIVIST FROM POLICE COMMISSION

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Fairfax County Executive Edward J. Long tried to block the appointment of a longtime community activist to a newly formed police commission out of concern that he would push to establish a permanent civilian review board, internal county e-mails show. Long sought to convince Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the board of supervisors, not to place Nicholas Beltrante on the commission, which was created in response to controversy surrounding the 2013 fatal shooting of John Geer, an unarmed man.

VaNews April 15, 2015



FAIRFAX REPUBLICAN TO HOLD ‘FIREHOUSE’ ELECTIONS FOR SEVEN SUPERVISOR SEATS

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Fairfax County Republicans will nominate candidates for seven of the county’s 10 supervisor seats through a series of “firehouse canvass” elections, rather than a state-funded primary, a party official said Tuesday. The Republican nominees for the other three seats, including chairman of the board of supervisors, will be chosen in the June 9 primary.

VaNews February 25, 2015