Derek Howell, chairman of the Harford County Republican Central Committee, filed Tuesday to run for the Maryland State Senate in District 34, which covers southern and central Harford County.
"We are perpetually being told that what is wanted is a strong person who will do things," Howell said in a campaign announcement, paraphrasing author GK Chesterton. "What is wanted and needed is a strong person who will undo things – that will be a real test of strength, and I am that person."
"I will fight to repeal and 'undo' the nonsense coming out of Annapolis, such as the 'rain tax' and the dreadful infringements on our Second Amendment rights," Howell said.
In his announcement, Howell, a resident of Abingdon, said he looks forward to meeting with people from across the 34th district, from Havre de Grace to Bel Air, hearing their concerns and ideas and sharing his vision for a better future.
Howell also said he plans to bring his experience in law and law enforcement to Annapolis, as he works "to repeal the misguided policies of the past and restore constitutional government for all Marylanders."
Howell also congratulated retiring District 34 Sen. Nancy Jacobs on her fight in the State Senate saying, "She has fought hard for us in Annapolis. She has voted against irrational legislation, like the rain tax and infringements on the Second Amendment, and she worked tirelessly to protect our families. I am grateful for her service to our community."
According to the biographical information in his announcement, Howell is a decorated former Maryland State Police trooper who spent more than 10 years with the State Police before leaving to earn his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He earned his bachelor of science and master of science, both with honors, from The Johns Hopkins University.
Howell is a lawyer and Harford County small business owner. He said he teaches at Stevenson University, the Community College of Baltimore County and Faith Theological Seminary and is also an instructor and the director of operations for Institute on the Constitution, where he teaches courses on the Maryland and U.S. Constitutions. Howell and his wife, Jenna, are the parents of two boys, Hudson and James.