Prior to her joining the staff of the national Libertarian Party in December 2011, Carla Howell championed three statewide ballot initiatives in Massachusetts to cut taxes: Two to End the Income Tax (“Question 1”) in 2002 and 2008 endorsed by the Wall Street Journal, Steve Forbes and National Taxpayers Union and one in 2010 to roll back the Massachusetts sales tax from 6.25% to 3% (“Question 3”). Each initiative won almost one million votes.
The 2002 initiative shocked the political establishment of Massachusetts when it won 45% of the vote. The 2010 initiative was ahead in the polls prior to the airing of millions of dollars in opposition advertising. Her initiatives forced the Teachers Union and other allies of Big Government to spend $12,000,000 in 2008 and 2010 – just to prevent tax decreases.
Ms. Howell won 308,860 votes in her Libertarian U.S. Senate race against Ted Kennedy in 2000. It was the highest vote percentage ever for a Libertarian in a U.S. Senate race against a Democrat and Republican.
She opposed and debated Mitt Romney and high-profile Democrats including Robert Reich in her 2002 run for Governor of Massachusetts.
Ms. Howell won the endorsement of the Boston Herald in her 1998 race for Massachusetts State Auditor.
She has consulted for hundreds of initiatives and campaigns at the local, state and federal level and organized the 2009 Small Government Summit which trained candidates and activists how to formulate and sell liberty proposals with broad appeal to voters. One outgrowth of the Summit was the creation of her game Who’s Driving which she designed to train libertarians to proactively advance liberty in their campaigns, conversations and public appearances.
Ms. Howell has been a featured, stand-alone guest on the Neil Cavuto Show, O’Reilly Factor, Glenn Beck, andFox Business News Happy Hour and hundreds of TV and radio interviews and debates since 1998.
Her campaigns were covered by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today.
She created and was the original host for the radio show Libertarians Working for You. She also composes songs with libertarian themes and in 2001 released her tax spoof song How Could I Live Without Filing Taxes which was played on over 100 radio stations nationwide.
Prior to becoming politically active, Carla Howell worked for 22 years in the private sector in engineering, marketing and management in the fields of high tech and health care.