STAUNTON, VA – Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that he intends to seek re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates.
“I am pleased to announce that I will be seeking a third term in the House of Delegates.” said Bell. “We have made a lot of progress in Virginia over the last four sessions, but there is a lot more that needs to be done”
“Virginia’s economy is continuing to improve much quicker than many other states throughout our country; however we are not out of the woods yet. We still have too many that are unable to find work and too many that are underemployed.”
“I am committed to continuing the fight to create an economic environment that will foster job growth and to keeping taxes low so that we can help families across Virginia overcome the economic challenges we all face. At a time of continued overreach in Washington, I will continue to work to limit and not expand our government, and fight to protect Virginia from federal government overreach. I will also continue to push for educational reform to ensure that all students in Virginia can get the best education possible. By upholding our common sense conservative principals, we will continue to see Virginia ranked among the best states to do business.”
“I have enjoyed serving the people of the 20th District during my two terms, and I look forward to continuing my service.” Bell added. “Anne and I are continually grateful for the continued support of the many constituents that we have met over the past three years.”
Delegate Bell serves on the Committees on Finance, Education, and Health, Welfare and Institutions. Additionally, he serves as a subcommittee chairman for the Students and Early Education subcommittee of the Education committee.
Throughout his tenure in the House of Delegates educational reform has been one of his top priorities. He has successfully patroned legislation that streamlines the grievance process for educators and administrators. He successfully put forth legislation that promotes educational opportunities for deaf students, and legislation that requires state funded colleges and universities to accept American Sign Language as a foreign language for entrance requirements. Additionally, he has continued to promote school choice by championing legislation that establishes virtual education in Virginia.
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and parts of Nelson and Augusta County. He is currently serving in his second term.