Bell Sounds from the 20th - May 22, 2015

I hope you are all looking forward to a fun and family filled Memorial Day weekend. 

As we approach this Memorial Day, I encourage you to remember the true reason for this holiday.  Memorial Day is not about cookouts, a three day weekend, or any of the other festivities that we all enjoy.  Please take some time this weekend to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.  We set aside this one day a year to remember these sacrifices.  Please keep this in mind as you enjoy all of the wonderful activities you will undoubtedly be participating in this weekend. 

Let me take a few minutes to share with you some things that have been happening in the 20th District, and to let you know about a couple of upcoming events you may be interested in. 

Virginia Chamber of Commerce Rating 

I am pleased to announce that I have received a 98 “A+” rating from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for my voting record during the 2015 General Assembly Session           

Each year, the Chamber grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues throughout the Session.  A full breakdown of the Chamber’s 2015 Report card can be found online at http://www.vachamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/VA-Chamber-2015-Legislative-Report-Card.pdf 

I’m honored to receive this rating.  Private business is the lifeblood of the Virginia economy and our record of low taxes and reduced regulation on business is one of many reasons we continue to rank among the best states to do business. Throughout my tenure in the House, I have and will continue to remain committed to the principles of free enterprise.  

Southern Regional Education Board Conference

I’ve also recently received word that I have been appointed by Speaker Bill Howell to attend the 64th Annual Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Work Conference.  This year, the conference will be held in Naples, Florida on June 27-29.

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with 16 member states to improve public pre-K-12 and higher education. 

At this conference legislators from the member states gather to discuss education policy matters.  Work sessions are specifically geared toward topics that are expected to be on many 2016 Legislative Agendas. These topics include educator effectiveness, college and career readiness, early childhood education, and college affordability.

I was privileged to attend the SREB Work Conference in 2010 and 2013.  The information shared at these conferences was extremely beneficial to me in my role as a member of the Education committee and Chairman of the Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, and I look forward to attending again this year.  

 Republican Primary

On June 9, Republican voters in the 24th Senate District will head to the polls to choose the Republican Senate nominee.  The candidates are Senator Emmett Hanger, Dan Moxley, and Marshall Pattie. 

I encourage those of you who are Republican voters in the 24th District to head out to the polls and make your voice heard.  Polls will be open from 6 am – 7 pm and you will vote at your normal polling location. 

Please remember to bring your photo ID.

If you will not be in town on June 9th but would like to vote in the primary, there is still time to vote absentee.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is June 2, and the last day to vote in-person absentee is June 6.   

If you have additional questions about the primary election, please contact your local registrar.

 It’s as good as Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet!!!!

 Augusta County Republican Committee (ACRC)

Meet and Greet Fundraiser and our Salute to the Armed Forces

 Saturday, May 30th

Noon – 3PM (Rain or shine)

Augusta County Government Center Pavilion

 Come and meet your Augusta County Republican Candidates

Admission: Military attendees will be honored at the gate with a BIG surprise!

(Military attire encouraged)

 $10 individual ticket – Pay at the gate

Free for children under 5 years old

 Special guests

Corp. Clyde B. Shrewsbury – Korean War, Army – MASH unit

Corp. Nick Cuzzimano – Vietnam, Marines

A1C Stewart Bossman – Vietnam, Air Force

 All proceeds will go towards helping our candidates get elected this November!!

Please RSVP to Georgia Alvis-Long, ACRC Chairman, at galong@polyrad.net.

 You can log on to www.augustavagop.com for any up to date
information on the event.

Juneteenth Celebration

 The Waynesboro Republicans cordially invite you to attend a

Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 6, 2015

11:30 – 1:30 pm

Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, Waynesboro

Juneteenth was the name used by African-Americans following the Civil War to commemorate the end of slavery.

 Come and learn about the shared history and legacy of African-Americans and the Republican Party, as we celebrate Juneteenth with lunch, music and door prizes.

Carl Tate will be the Master of Ceremonies.

 Admission: Adults - $10, Kids - 12 and under are free.

To Make Reservations, please call Phyllis Hollowell at (540) 943-2959 or

Sandy Adams at (540) 942-1880, or email WRinfo@lumos.net.

Donate

It is an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 20th District in the House of Delegates.  We’ve accomplished a lot over the last 3 terms, but I still believe there is more that we need to get done. In order to do this, however, I need your help! 

Wednesday, May 27 marks the end of another important campaign finance deadline.  We need a strong showing so our opponents will know that we have a broad base of support here in the 20th House District. 

Your donation in any amount will be most appreciated.  We must receive the donation by midnight on May 27 in order for it to show up on the next report. You can donate securely online at bellfordelegate.com, or by sending a check to Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402. 

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

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. There is no charge.

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

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