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Birthdate: Aug. 8, 1974
Birth Place: Anaheim, CA, United States
Residence: Arlington, VA
Jason Howell was born in Anaheim, Calif. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from George Mason University.
Howell and his wife, Jennifer, live in Arlington, Va.
Jason Howell is running as an independent, challenging 10-term Democratic Rep. Jim Moran in Virginia's heavily Democratic 8th Congressional District, which includes the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Alexandria and Arlington.
This is Howell's first bid for elected office. On his campaign website, he says the the most important issue facing the country is "the lack of political will to solve complex problems."
Howell says he wants to reduce tax rates and deductions, eliminate agency duplication and speed up the approval of patents. He advocates for telecommuting as part of a plan to help improve the country's infrastructure. He also proposes revolutionizing "the way we measure and administer education in the public school system."
He says that if elected he will work to preserve Social Security for future generations, in part by changing the law to allow the Social Security fund to invest in higher earning securities. He doesn't say specifically whether he supports or opposes the 2010 health care reform law, but says the measure doesn't make health care any more affordable.
Howell says he wants to see immigration reform, namely streamlining the immigration process and shortening wait times to encourage more legal immigration.
Source: Associated Press
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