June 21, 2018 Media

Innovation, cooperation starts with Howard

Cluster Howard believes the Legislature can solve problems if it works together instead of hurting working people with partisan politics.

As a former member of the House, Howard is seeing reelection of the state’s 91st House District seat he once held serving Lee, Estill, Owsley, Breathitt counties and part of Madison County.  

Serving during the 2015 and 2016 sessions, Howard sponsored legislation in response to the illegal dumping of waste from out-of-state oil and gas wells into an Estill County landfill including a Green Valley Landfill in Greenup County. Because of Howards’ leadership, the bill was signed into law and the company involved in the activity was fined several thousands of dollars.

During his tenure in the House, Howard also sponsored a bill prohibiting the disqualification of unemployment benefits for a worker who leaves a job to follow an active military spouse. The bill passed both the House and Senate but Gov. Bevin vetoed it.

“My campaign is based on supporting education, a living wage, and finding innovative ways to grow our economy,” Howard said. “We must address issues like pension reform, the opioid crisis, and the out-migration of our young people.

“We can solve problems if we work together and stop partisan politics that oftentimes end up hurting working people. I was disappointed that our current legislature raised taxes on working people and cut benefits for teachers and other state employees. I will work to fund pensions by cutting waste and growing wages so that more revenue is generated. We must put people over politics.”

Howard holds degrees from Lees College, Berea College, and Morehead State University.

He’s currently a professor in the Hazard Community and Technical College system. He also served as dean of students for 12 years.

Howard lives in Jackson and with his wife Sandy Tapley Howard. His wife is a retired nursing administrator. He has two daughters that live in Kentucky.

“The next few years are crucial for us in the 91st District,” said Cluster. “Many of our younger citizens are leaving because of the lack of jobs. We must continue to promote education and innovative programs.  

“Improving roads and accessibility is an important component of economic development. I believe education has and always will be the key to success. We must continue to address the drug problem through education and prevention programs. The reopening of the Lee County Adjustment Center will help in terms of jobs and other resources. We can do a better job addressing the drug problem if we work together using schools, law enforcement, jails, and drug court.”

Tourism development is crucial to the district’s future, according to Howard.

“We live in a beautiful area full of outdoor recreational opportunities. We must learn to work together in the legislature,” Howard said. “ I will continue to work with both parties to get things accomplished. I will be a voice of reason and a hard worker. I will answer your emails, meet with you and encourage you to be a part of the process.”

For information about Howard visit his Facebook page.