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GOP Va. House Speaker Draws Primary Opponent

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican House Speaker William J. Howell will face a primary opponent next year if he runs for re-election.

Former Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Susan Stimpson announced Tuesday that she is running against Howell.

A former ally of the speaker, Stimpson says in a news release that Howell has "lost his way" by supporting tax increases.

Howell has not said whether he will run for re-election. The 71-year-old was first elected in 1987 and became speaker in 2003.

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