Howell, Stimpson differ on tactics in House primary (Free Lance Star)

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The Republican primary race for the 28th District House seat has reached the stretch run and both campaigns are sticking to their campaign strategies.

Both continue to take an aggressive approach, but there is a contrast between the tactics of incumbent William Howell and challenger Susan Stimpson.

Both campaigns continue to do what they need to do, University of Mary Washington political professor Stephen J. Farnsworth said.

He noted the defection of Stimpson’s campaign manager as a potential indication of trouble, though.

“It’s never a good sign when a campaign manager leaves just weeks before an election,” he said. “Susan needs her campaign to be firing on all cylinders and the departure makes it look like her campaign’s sputtering.”

While the campaign manager’s defection and Howell’s name recognition and fundraising advantages make Stimpson’s job that much harder, Farnsworth said she remains a viable threat. Howell’s campaign efforts prove that, the UMW professor said.

“This is the most aggressive campaign Howell has run in years,” he said, pointing out the online “We Know Bill” ad campaign and the thousands of signs in area yards.

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