I hope you are enjoying the first few days of fall! It’s a beautiful time of year, especially here in the Shenandoah Valley! With the start of fall, we are reminded that Election Day is just around the corner. This year the election will take place on November 3. I’d like to provide you with a few updates regarding the election and other items of interest.
Join Me for an Evening of BBQ and Bluegrass
We are just a week away from my annual BBQ and Bluegrass event! The event will take place from 6:00-8:00 pm on October 1 at Shenadoah Harley Davidson in Staunton.
There is still time to RSVP! This is a great event for the whole family. We will have BBQ from Mrs. Rowe’s, and will feature music by Flattbroke. Kris Neil will be back this year to serve as our emcee.
Over the last couple weeks, my campaign has received a few important endorsements that I would like to share with you.
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s AgPAC announced a few weeks ago that I am one of the 115 candidates across the Commonwealth that they have endorsed. The AgPAC endorses based on the recommendations of local farmers and supports candidates who have a proven record of supporting the needs of the agricultural community. I appreciate the support of the Farm Bureau and look forward to continuing to support our farmers throughout my time in the House.
The National Rifle Association announced their endorsements just last week. The NRA rates and endorses candidates based on their record of upholding the second amendment rights of Virginia’s citizens. I am honored to receive this endorsement. I have made protecting the constitutional rights of Virginia citizens a top priority during my tenure of the House of Delegates, and will continue to do so if I am re-elected in November.
The National Federation of Independent Business also announced last week that I have received their endorsement. Small business is crucial to the economy of the Commonwealth, and Virginia cannot succeed without the success of small, independent, businesses. During my service as Delegate I have supported policies that will help our small businesses thrive, and this will continue to be a top priority for me.
Important November Election Deadlines
Deadline to register to vote: October 13
Deadline to apply for absentee ballot by mail: October 27
Last day to vote in peron absentee: October 31
Get Involved in My Campaign
We need volunteers to help with our victory effort! Volunteers can help in a number of ways, including making phone calls, knocking on doors, distributing yard signs, and working outside the polls.
If you have even an hour to volunteer over the next few weeks, please contact me atDickie@BellforDelegate.com.
If you’re unable to get involved in this way, please consider supporting my campaign by writing a letter to the editor. Below is information on how to submit letters to each paper in our area:
The News Leader – Letters can be submitted online or by mail to The News Leader 11 N Central Avenue, Staunton, VA 24402.
The News Virginian – Letters can be emailed to email@example.com (with Letter to the Editor in the subject line) or mailed to The News Virginian P.O. Box 1027 Wayesboro, VA 22980.
The Nelson County Times – Letters can be submitted online.
The Recorder – Letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and mailed to PO Box 10, Monterey 24465.
With each submission be sure to include your phone number.
Donations are also graciously accepted at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate or by mail at P.O. Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
Republican Headquarters Hours
As I have shared in previous newsletters, we are very fortunate to have three GOP headquarters locations this year.
The Waynesboro Headquarters is located in Willow Oak Plaza in Waynesboro. Augusta County has a location on Route 11 in Verona, next to Shipplett Cleaners. The Staunton City Committee headquarters is located on N Central Avenue in the old Fireplaces and Things building across from Scott and Stringfellow.
The Staunton headquarters will be open 4 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday – Friday and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday. Augusta County will keep theirs open on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12 pm to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Waynesboro has not yet determined their schedule, but we will keep you updated.
Each of these locations can only operate at full capacity with the help of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at the Staunton location you can sign up for a time online here. To sign up for a time at the Waynesboro Headquarters please contact Ken Adams at 942-1880, and to sign up to volunteer at the Augusta Headquarters please click here or contact Denise Kelley at Denise@IEW.com or 540-248-3952.
Save the Date for a Pre-Election Rally
Please mark your calendars for 6:30 pm on Monday, November 2! We will be having a pre-election rally at the Staunton Republican headquarters for all of our local and state Republican candidates. We will have music and refreshments. More details to come, but plan to come out and send our candidates off to victory!
Augusta County Republican Committee Events
The Augusta County Republican committee is hosting a couple of events next month that I would like to pass along to you. They will be hosting a reception at Barren Ridge Vineyards onOctober 5 and a concealed handgun class on October 24. Please see below for details on both events.
The Augusta County Republican Committee cordially invites you to a reception in honor of our U.S. Constitution and to share an evening with our GOP Candidates
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Ed Gillespie, Cathy Gillespie, and Delegate Rob Bell
Monday, October 5, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Barren Ridge Vineyards
984 Barren Ridge Rd, Fishersville, VA
YES, I will attend the reception in Fishersville on October 5th. I wish to participate at the following level:
Gold Freedom Sponsor $250 – 10 tickets and special recognition
Bronze Liberty Sponsor $200 – 8 tickets and special recognition
Friend $100 – 4 tickets and special recognition
Couple $50 – 2 tickets
Individual $35 – 1 ticket
** Each ticket includes a glass and wine of heavy hors d’oeuvres**
**Please mail checks to: ACRC, P.O. Box 2824, Staunton, VA 24402
Augusta County Republican Committee Proudly sponsors:
Tactical Concealed Handgun Class
Virginia Resident & Florida Non-Resident
(This will provide proper certification for 33 states by reciprocal agreement)
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8a.m.-12p.m.
Preston L. Yancey Fire Station
2015 Jefferson Hwy
Instructors: David & Dee Dee Van Buren
Register by emailing: email@example.com
Your name must be exactly as it is listed at the Department of Motor Vehicles
Cost: 1-50 people $65, 50-100 people $55, +100 people $50
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.
If you would prefer to send us written correspondence, you can do so at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
For campaign inquiries, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to schedule. There is no charge.
As always, I thank you for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.