Jonathan C. Howe
I moved to New York over 14 years ago for the same reason many did, to go to college. I never left. Since college I have lived in three of the five boros and worked in a half dozen different fields. After a few years I enrolled in law school at Cardozo Law where I met my wife.
At work, I represent parents accused of neglect and abuse in Bronx Family court. I knew before law school that I wanted to be a Public Defender, but it wasn’t until I saw the Family Court System firsthand that I knew that it was the place I could do the most good. It doesn’t take much time seeing the system in action to realize that the system intended to protect the most vulnerable in our society both largely fails to do so, and often actually victimizes them needlessly.
At home I bother my wife, bother our cats, and watch Star Trek before bed. During lockdown my wife and I became certified in the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) process, and proceeded to trap, fix, return, and now manage, the local colony of feral cats. Besides the two we took in ourselves, Clara and Art Bell, we have also helped two other kittens find new homes in the process. The way the community came together to support our efforts is part of what inspired me to run for office.
As a Libertarian, I believe in the individual. I believe that allowing individuals more power to seek justice for themselves, be it economic, environmental, or otherwise, leads to the best outcomes for all. I believe the current system is designed to satisfy corporate donors at the expense of health, wealth, and liberty of the individual.
I am running for Congress because I believe I can address the issues affecting our district from a bottom up, instead of a top down, way. I believe in giving my neighbors and fellow New Yorkers the power to seek justice and to live freer and more prosperous lives. I have no desire to tell anyone how to live their life, and even less desire to make a career in politics (but now I’m repeating myself).