CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Dan Howell, who has taken a leave of absence from his position as executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis, announced on Tuesday his campaign for the state House District 22 seat, currently held by Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland.
"I will fight for lower taxes, less government, the sanctity of all human life, the sanctity of marriage, and our Second Amendment rights," said Howell in news release. "I promise to serve the good people of Southeast Tennessee with principled leadership and integrity."
It has been speculated that Howell would make a bid for the District 22 seat after he announced in mid-October that would take a leave of absence from his position with the Bradley County mayor's office.
His campaign for the District 22 seat is an opportunity to serve the community of Southeast Tennessee, "not a stepping-stone to another position or career path," said Howell.
In addition to five years in his role as executive assistant to the Bradley County mayor, Howell has served on the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee, representing Bradley, McMinn, Meigs and Polk counties.
It has been a "true honor" to work with Davis, who he considers a friend, Howell said.
"Welcome to the race," said Bradley County Commission Vice Chairman J. Adam Lowe in a phone interview on Tuesday. Lowe announced his campaign for the District 22 seat in October.
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