Barbara Howe (North Carolina)

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Barbara Howe
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Candidate for
Governor of North Carolina
Bachelor'sPfeiffer College
Date of birthFebruary 13, 1953
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Barbara Howe (b. February 13, 1953) was a Libertarian candidate for Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 elections.[1] She was previously a Libertarian candidate for District 32 of the North Carolina House of Representatives.


Howe was raised in Wingate, North Carolina. She graduated from Pfeiffer College with a B.A. in English and philosophy. She has spent her career as a fulltime homemaker, dedicating her life to "three important causes: home schooling, volunteering for La Leche League and working for liberty through the Libertarian party of North Carolina."[2]

Howe is the co-founder of THEA, an informal collection of homeschooling families. She has been an accredited volunteer Leader with La Leche since 1984 and has served in a number of administrative roles within the region.[2]


  • BA, English and philosophy, Pfeiffer College



See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012

Howe ran as a Libertarian for Governor of North Carolina.[1] She came in third behind Walter Dalton (D) and Pat McCrory (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Dalton 43.2% 1,931,580
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat McCrory 54.6% 2,440,707
     Libertarian Barbara Howe 2.1% 94,652
     Write-in Various 0% 1,356
Total Votes 4,468,295
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


On her campaign website, Howe outlines her position on the following issues:[4]

  • End corporate welfare: The General Assembly likes to substitute its wisdom for that of the free market by offering tax incentives to lure big companies to North Carolina. Not only is this bad economics, it's a slap in the face to the thousands of small business owners who must compete with the tax subsidized big boys.
  • Institute a moratorium on the death penalty: North Carolina's use of capital punishment is broken. While some perpetrators are truly heinous, the risk of killing a prisoner who is not guilty is simply too great. North Carolina should end the use of the death penalty.
  • End the practice of forced annexation: North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that still allows the use of forcible annexation of property. Any municipality in NC can decide it simply needs a bigger tax base and it can force the residents of an area outside its city limit to become part of the city. The people being annexed have no voice in the matter. Absolutely none. Forced annexation must stop.
  • Empower parents to decide how to educate their children: Education is way too important to leave in the hands of Raleigh politicians and bureaucrats. Parents need more options on how to educate their children. I'd start by working to remove the cap on charter schools. Then I would work to implement either a program of vouchers or tax credits to free parents from the grip of the government school monopoly.

"As a Libertarian, I hold one core philosophy. You should be free to live your life as you see fit as long as you do not harm another individual. Government serves only one purpose. That purpose is to protect each person's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."


See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Howe was defeated in the November 2, 2010 general election. Her opponent in the November 2 general election was incumbent James Crawford, Jr. (D). Crawford had served in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 1995.

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 32 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Crawford, Jr. Incumbent 78.4% 13,814
     Libertarian Barbara Howe 21.6% 3,802
Total Votes 17,616

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Howe lost the election to the position of Governor of North Carolina in 2012. During that election cycle, Howe raised a total of $146,354.


Howe and her husband of 36 years, Tom, live in Granville County in a log home they designed and constructed themselves. They have three adult children.[2]

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