With Labor Day comes the kickoff of campaign season! Though it is hard to believe, in just under 2 months, Americans will head to the polls to elect a new president. I’d like to provide you with an update on how you can get involved in the campaign, and also some upcoming events in the 20th District.
Barbecue and Bluegrass
It’s almost time for our annual BBQ and Bluegrass Fundraising Event! Please see the invitation below.
Join Delegate Bell for his Annual BBQ and Bluegrass
with Ed Gillespie
and the local Valley Delegation
Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:00 -8:00 pm
Shenandoah Harley Davidson
213 Rolling Thunder Lane
Staunton, Virginia 24401
Yes, I will attend the annual Bell’s BBQ and Bluegrass at the following level:
_____$1000 Platinum Level
_____$500 Gold Level _____$250 Silver Level
_____$100 Bronze Level
_____$25 per person to attend (no Press passes)
Yes, I support Delegate Bell. However, I cannot attend the event but please accept my generous donation of $_______ to show my support!
Please make checks payable to “BELL FOR DELEGATE”
2620 Eston Drive Staunton, VA 24401
Political Contributions are not tax-deductible. Paid for by Bell for Delegate. Corporate Contributions are accepted. State law requires employer and occupation information for contributions over $100 in a calendar year.
The first step in making your voice heard this November is voter registration. If you are not registered or if you have moved since the last election, it is important that you register. The deadline for registering or updating your current registration is Monday, October 17. For information on how to register or to check your current registration status visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.
If you will be out of town or otherwise unable to make it to the polls in November, you can vote absentee, either in person or by mail.
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is November 1. Your local registrar must have the application in hand by 5:00 pm on November 1. The last day to vote in person absentee is Saturday, November 5 at 5:00 pm.
For more information on absentee voting, visit http://elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html.
Right to Work Constitutional Amendment
This year in addition to presidential and congressional candidates, two amendments to the Virginia constitution will be on the ballot for your consideration. I will continue to talk about this as the election draws nearer, but today I specifically want to highlight the Right to Work amendment.
Virginia currently has a right-to-work statute that bans employers from requiring union membership. This year, Virginians will have the opportunity to add right-to-work regulations to the Virginia Constitution to prevent future lawmakers from undoing the state's current laws.
I was honored to carry this amendment in the General Assembly over the last two years and I am pleased that it will be going before the voters this November. I would encourage you to support this amendment, and hope that you will share this information with your friends and family.
For a good analysis of the constitutional amendment, please click here.
For more information on BOTH constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot this year, click here.
Local Republican Headquarters
We are fortunate in our area to have three Republican offices open this year where supporters can pick up their Trump/Pence and Goodlatte materials!
The Augusta County Republican Committee has opened their headquarters at 207 Lee Hwy, Verona (next to Shipplett Cleaners, Rte. 11). If you are interested in volunteering at the Augusta County Headquarters you can sign up online at http://doodle.com/poll/ffcf6vd5pd56n6r8 or contact Hannah Moxley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Waynesboro Republican Committee is now open at Willow Oak Plaza in Waynesboro, and the Staunton Republican Committee has opened a headquarters at the Chestnut Hills (Big Lots) Shopping Center in Staunton. If you are interested in volunteering in either Waynesboro or Staunton please let me know and I will get you in contact with the appropriate people.
I encourage those of you who are interested in signs or bumper stickers to stop by one of these three locations.
If you prefer to send written correspondence, you may send it to Post Office Box 239, Staunton, VA 24402.
If you would like to make a contribution to me, you can donate securely online at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate.
As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate.