Tricounty News

Howe earns GOP endorsement

Rockville City Council member Jeff Howe earned the endorsement of area Republicans on Saturday for the open Minnesota House seat House District 13A.

"I'm excited by the show of support from our neighbors and look forward to a strong campaign," Howe said. "We need to reduce taxes, cut back the string of unfunded mandates imposed by the state and, most importantly, focus on getting people back to work."

Howe has a long history of public service pre-dating his time on the Rockville City Council. He worked as a firefighter for 26 years in St. Cloud and Waite Park while also serving as a volunteer firefighter in Rockville.

A 30-year member of the Minnesota Army National Guard, Howe served two tours of duty in Iraq, being awarded with two Bronze Stars. He also spent three years in the United States Navy, including time as an Avionics Technician on the USS Kitty Hawk.

"I'm a believer in the notion that the best decisions are made by those closest to the people they represent," Howe said. "As a city council member, I see the burdensome number of unfunded mandates the state passes."

Howe said he considers himself a pro-life conservative, believing in personal responsibility and fiscal conservatism. He said he supports ways to balance the budget without raising taxes.

"The best way to balance the budget is economic growth. More people working and a stronger economy will create the revenue government needs to fund our priorities. Raising taxes just takes money out of the economy, making it that much tougher to expand."

Howe lives in Rockville with his wife, Sheri. They have four children ages 16 to 27. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University. He is a member of the Transportation Corps Regimental Association, National Guard Association of Minnesota, Military Officers Association of America, National Rifle Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4847 and American Legion 428.