Bell Sounds from the 20th - June 9, 2017

I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of the Summer! It’s a great time to be in the Valley and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you out and about at the various lawn parties, festivals, baseball games, and other activities that Summer in the Valley has to offer!

I’d love to take a few minutes to share with you a quick update of what’s been going on in the Valley and across the Commonwealth!

Primary Day

Next Tuesday, June 13, is Primary Day for both Republicans and Democrats in the Commonwealth.  Republicans and Democrats both have contested races for both Governor and Lt. Governor.  The polls will be open from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm and you will vote at your normal polling location. 

Please note that there is one precinct change in the City of Staunton that I would like to make you aware of.  If you live in Ward 1 of Staunton and formerly voted at Bessie Weller Elementary School, you will now vote at Third Presbyterian Church (1313 Barterbrook Road). This change was made effective in February of 2017 to help facilitate a smoother election process.

 If you have questions about where you vote or what’s on your ballot, please click here.

Don’t forget to bring your photo ID with you when you vote. Click here for information on acceptable forms of ID!

Class of 2017

Congratulations to all graduates of the Class of 2017 in the 20th District and across the Commonwealth! I was delighted to attend several local graduations this year, including Robert E. Lee High School and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and I plan to attend the Highland High School graduation tomorrow.  Additionally, I attended GRASP Scholarship Award Ceremonies at Riverheads High School and Wilson Memorial High School.  Yesterday I even had the opportunity to attend an 8th grade graduation for students at the Virginia Virtual Academy. 
 
I was also privileged to attend the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber’s Academic Achievers Reception.  This is always a wonderful event where the community comes together to celebrate some of our community’s highest academic achievers.  Anne and I were honored to present a scholarship to Tyrone Curtis Brotherton, a VSDB student who was honored at this reception. 

Congratulations again to all our local graduates! You did it! I wish you all the best, whether you’re headed off to two or four-year college, the military, or the workforce.    

Honors and Awards

Over the last few weeks I have been honored to receive recognition for my work during the 2017 Session. 

On Friday, April 20, I was named Community Support Member of the Year by the Central Valley Counselor’s Association. They based their selection on a broad array of legislation that directly impacts the work of counselors. Specifically, they highlighted work on legislation impacting foster care, as well as my 2017 school discipline reform legislation.   I appreciate the work that this association does for our community and I am humbled to receive this recognition.

In early May, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce presented me with the 2017 Excellence in Education and Workforce Development Award.  This award recognizes legislators who worked to give Virginians better opportunities to develop skills that align with the workforce needs of businesses. I was chosen because of my work on expanding virtual education in Virginia.  Additionally, I earned an A+ rating on their 2017 Legislative Scorecard, and I hold a lifetime rating of an “A”.

Virginia has traditionally been recognized as a great state for business, but our rankings have begun to slip over the last couple of years. I believe that to promote economic growth in Virginia we must think outside the box and continue to promote education reform, as well as tax and other regulatory reforms.  I will continue to pursue this throughout my time in the House.

Just this week, I was honored to receive the Award for Conservative Achievement from the American Conservative Union. The American Conservative Union ratings intend to reflect how each legislator views the role of government in an individual’s life.  In determining these ratings, they looked for legislators who could be counted on to protect the constitutional right to life, liberty, and property.  I am grateful for their recognition and will remain committed to the founding principles of this nation.

Contact Us 

I love hearing from constituents on the issues that matter the most to you.  If you have a state issue that you’re concerned about, or need help in dealing with a state agency, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You can contact us by phone at 540-448-3999, or by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov

Please send campaign inquiries to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.

If you would prefer to send us written correspondence, you can do so at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.

Please also note that I am happy to speak at special events and meetings for clubs, civic organizations, church groups, etc. as scheduling allows. Please feel free to contact Savanna at savanna@bellfordelegate.com to schedule.

As always, I thank you for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.

 

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