Bell Sounds from the 20th - October 11, 2013

Let me start by thanking all of you who took the time to come out to our annual Barbecue and Bluegrass event a couple of weeks ago.  We had beautiful weather, and it was a great time all around.   Anne and I appreciate your continued support, and it was so great to see so many of you. 

Despite the turmoil coming out of Washington over the past two weeks, we have had some great news here in Virginia.  Forbes.com has named Virginia the Best State for Business in the US.  This is up from our second place rankings over the past three years.  Virginia was also the only state to rank in the top five in four of the six categories, receiving first in the regulatory environment category.  Additionally, a report was recently released that shows Virginia's film industry employment has increased by 15.7% from 2011. 

This shows us that the efforts that the General Assembly and Governor have made over the last few years are working, and we are continuing to receive recognition across the country for our sound business policies.

In addition, the College Board recently announced that, despite the national average falling, Virginia students have seen an increase in their SAT scores in all three testing categories.  This is great news for our students, and proves that the vast majority of Virginia schools are doing an excellent job preparing our students for college.

We must not, however, take these successes for granted.  In order to maintain these high national rankings, we must have strong leadership.

We are just under four weeks from the 2013 General Election, and it is not too late to get involved. I would like to share with you a few upcoming events in our area, as well as a few ways you can help our candidates and ensure that your vote counts this November.

Join Congressman Goodlatte for Barbecue

Those of us that live in the 6th Congressional District are extremely blessed to be represented in Washington by my good friend, Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  Amidst the turmoil in Washington, Bob is a constant.  He has stood strong for fiscal responsibility and fought for our shared values. 

This Sunday, October 13, Congressman Goodlatte is hosting his 5th Annual Barbecue at 3:00 pm at Rockingham Fairgrounds (4808 S. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg). 

This event is free to the public, but reservations are requested.  To RSVP to this event, please email campaign@bobgoodlatte.com or by phone at (434)209-5404.  If you are so inclined, feel free to bring a dessert to share.
Anne and I have enjoyed attending this event over the past few years.  It is a great family friendly and budget friendly event, with activities for all ages.  I hope to see you this Sunday!

Super Saturday   

This Saturday, October 12, will be the last Super Saturday event prior to the November election.  Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson, and Mark Obenshain can’t win this November without our help.  They need folks to knock on doors and make phone calls in order to get their message out. 

Additionally, Ken Cuccinelli will be stopping by the Augusta Republican Headquarters at 11:30 pm on Saturday.  We would like to have a strong crowd to show our support for Ken and the Republican ticket, so please come out on Saturday if you can. 

If you are interested in volunteering for Super Saturday, please contact Matt Hudgins at 804-539-9767 or mhudgins@rpv.org.

If you can’t volunteer for Super Saturday, but are interested in volunteering at another time, please contact Matt and he will be happy to help you.

Voter Registration and Absentee Voting

The deadline for voter registration is quickly approaching.  If you are not registered, or if you have moved since the last election, you must register by October 15, 2013 in order to be eligible to vote in the election in November.  (Please note, this is not a postmark deadline. They must be in hand on October 15.)

In order to register you can stop by your local registrar’s office, or mail in this registration form to the address listed below.  For the first time this year, you can also register online at https://www.vote.virginia.gov/.  If you are unsure about your registration, you can check the status online here.

For those of you who are registered but plan to be away on November 5, Virginia does allow absentee voting under certain circumstances.  You can download an absentee ballot application here. You can also fill out an application online at vagopabsentee.com.

Virginia also allows those voters who qualify to vote absentee to vote in person.  For more information or for the hours of in person absentee voting, I would encourage you to contact your local registrar.

Augusta County

Augusta County Government Center P.O.   Box 590 Verona, Virginia 24482 (540)245-5656

Highland County

P.O. Box 386 Monterey, Virginia 24485 (540)468-2013

Nelson County 571 Front Street Lovingston, VA 22949

P.O. Box 292 Lovingston, Virginia 22949 (540)292-1162

City of Staunton Staunton City Hall P.O. Box 58 Staunton, Virginia 24402 (540)332-3840

City of Waynesboro 250 S Wayne Avenue Waynesboro, Virginia 22980 (540)942-6620  

Our Campaign

Though I am up for re-election, I am fortunate enough to not have an opponent this year.  While Anne and I appreciate your continued support, we encourage you to stay focused on the efforts of our Republican ticket this year.

If you would like to put up a yard sign or bumper sticker for our campaign, they are available at the local Republican headquarters.  If you aren’t able to make it out to the headquarters, I am more than happy to bring a sign to you or mail you a bumper sticker.

Additionally, we are working to try to cover the polling locations in our District on Election Day.  If you would like to volunteer to cover a polling location, or if you would like a yard sign or bumper sticker, please email us at dickie@bellfordelegate.com.

Although I don’t have an opponent we still require campaign funds to help spread our message.  Additionally, campaign funds finance many of the mailings we do during Session to keep our constituents informed of the happenings in Richmond.  Therefore, we appreciate any donations to our campaign that you may be able to make. 
If you’d like to donate online, you can do so at bellfordelegate.com.  You can also mail a check to P.O Box 239, Staunton, Virginia24402. Thank you for your support!

Email Problem

We recently realized that we had a forwarding issue with one of our email addresses.  Due to a computer glitch, we were not receiving all emails that were sent to dickie@bellfordelegate.com.  If you sent an email to this address over the last few months and did not get a response, it was likely due to this error.  We have fixed this glitch, and this email address is now working properly.  We make every effort to respond to our emails as promptly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Contact Us

We always love hearing from our constituents.  If you had a problem with state government, or would like to voice your opinion on a matter that affects Virginia, please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can reach us by phone at 540-448-3999 or by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.

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