Bell Sounds from the 20th - September 28, 2017

There are 39 days until Election Day and I need your help to be successful in November!

Democrats are targeting Virginia this year, and our race is no exception! Our opponent has raised a significant amount of money, some from out of the area and even out of state.

I need your help to push back against this out of district and out of state influence! There is a critical campaign finance deadline Saturday night atmidnight, and I need your help! A strong showing on this report will give us the fundraising momentum we need to finish this race strong!

Can you donate $25, $50, or even $100 to help us reach our fundraising goal for this period?

You can donate securely online at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate or a check made out to “Bell for Delegate” can be sent to P.O. Box 239, Staunton, VA 24402.

Another great opportunity to contribute to my campaign is at my upcoming Barbecue and Bluegrass fundraiser!  This barbecue is Thursday, October 5 at 6:00 pm at Shenandoah Harley Davidson. Tickets are $25 for an individual, and sponsorship opportunities are available. View the invitation online here!

If you’re unable to contribute, or have already contributed and would like to do more to help out, please see below for more ways to get involved in our campaign!

 Super Saturday on September 30!

We need people to help us spread our message by going door to door in our community! We are going to be having a Super Saturday this Saturday! We want to have as many volunteers as possible going out in our community to talk to our neighbors about our campaign.

We will meet at the newly opened Republican headquarters at 101 State Street in Staunton at 10:30 am.  We will distribute walk lists and literature and go out into Staunton to talk to voters. If you are able to participate this Saturday, please email me at Dickie@BellforDelegate.com or just show up!

If you’re unable to help this Saturday but would like to help with door to door or literature drops please let us know and we’re happy to get you some walk lists for you to work on at a time that is convenient for you.

 Yard Signs and Bumper Stickers

One of the easiest ways to show your support is by putting up a yard sign in your yard or a bumper sticker on your car.  Many of you already have signs out and we are so thankful. If you don’t already have a sign, please feel free to stop by the Augusta or Waynesboro headquarters to pick one up!

We also have large 4’x4’ and 4’x8’ signs available if you have a well-traveled location where you would like to display a large sign.  If you’re interested in a large sign please email me at dickie@bellfordelegate.com and we will get one out to you.

 Republican Headquarters

The Augusta County and Waynesboro Republican committees have each opened up a headquarters.

The Augusta County Republican Committee headquarters is located at 101 State Street in Staunton. The Waynesboro Republican committee has opened their headquarters at the Willow Oak Plaza in Waynesboro.

Please stop by and pick up your yard signs and bumper stickers for our Republican ticket!

 Letters to the Editor

We also need folks to write letters to the editor in support of our campaign! Our district includes four newspapers: The News Virginian, The News Leader, The Nelson County Times, and The Recorder.  Information on how to submit letters to each paper is below.

The News Leader – Submit letter online here or mail to Letters to the Editor/The News Leader/11 N Central Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401

The News Virginian – Submit letter online here.

The Nelson County Times – Submit online here.

The Recorder – Email to recorderanne@gmail.com. Signed copies can be sent to P.O. Box 10, Monterey, VA 24465.

Each paper requests that you include your full name and phone number.

Voter Registration and Absentee Voting

The first step in making your voice heard this November is voter registration.  If you are not currently registered to vote or if you have moved since the last election, it is important that you register.  The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 16. For information on how to register or to check your registration status, please visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

Absentee voting is now open!  

You can vote absentee either by mail or in person.

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 31.  Your request must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 pm.

You can also vote in person absentee at your local registrar’s office. The last day to vote in person absentee is Saturday, November 4 at 5:00 pm.

For more information on absentee voting, visit http://elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html.

Contact Me

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

Please send campaign inquiries to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.  

If you would prefer to send us written correspondence, you can do so at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.

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

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - September 8, 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! It’s hard to believe that Summer is winding down and Fall is upon us.  Labor Day marks the official kick off of campaign season! While we were busy all Summer on the campaign trail, we are even more so now.  Let me give you an update on the campaign and important information for the upcoming election.

Endorsements

This month I was honored to pick up a few key endorsements in the race for the 20th House District.

Virginia Farm Bureau’s AgPAC

As a representative of one of the top agriculture communities in Virginia, I understand firsthand how critical agriculture production and agribusiness is to our local economy.  With the significant growth of the agritourism sector, particularly right here in the 20th House District, it is important that our state legislature continues to support policies that allow this sector of our economy to flourish. I look forward to continuing to work with them if re-elected to continue to advance the Commonwealth’s top industry.  

National Federation of Independent Business

I am honored to have the support of the National Federation of Independent Business. Small business is vital to Virginia’s economy. In this economic climate, the success of small independent businesses are essential to the health of Virginia’s economy as a whole. Throughout my tenure in the House of Delegates I have supported policies that will reduce the regulatory burden and help our small businesses thrive.  I’m grateful for the support of the NFIB and I look forward to working with them to continue to move Virginia forward.

National Rifle Association

The right to bear arms is very important to me personally, and to many residents of the 20thDistrict.  We’ve unfortunately seen these freedoms come under attack in recent years.  For this reason, the defense and protection of the second amendment has been and will continue to be a high priority for me throughout my tenure in the House of Delegates.  I am grateful to the NRA for their support.

Catalyst for Change Award

Last month I was honored to be named a “Catalyst for Change” by the Arc of Virginia at their state convention in Norfolk.  I was selected based on the work we did together on inclusive education, seclusion and restraint, and protections of children with disabilities, as well as my support of DD Waivers and community based services.  I am humbled to receive this award.  The Arc of Virginia does outstanding work to ensure the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  I have been honored to partner with them on issues related to special education over the last seven years and I look forward to continuing the fight for inclusive education and improved community based services. 

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 John Adams, Republican candidate for Attorney General

Music by FLATTBROKE

BBQ by Mrs. Rowe’s

 Thursday, October 5, 2017

6:00 -8:00 pm

at

 Shenandoah Harley Davidson

213 Rolling Thunder Lane

Staunton, Virginia 24401

 Please RSVP to 540-255-8778 or by email at mrsrbellcoach@comcast.net.


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 Friend                     _____$25 Individual 

 

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

 

NAME(S) __________________________________________________

Company Name
_____________________________________________

   Address
_____________________________________________________

   Phone
___________________________Email_______________________

 

Occupation________________________Employer__________________ 

 

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.

 

Voter Registration

The first step in making your voice heard this November is voter registration.  If you are not currently registered to vote or if you have moved since the last election, it is important that you register.  The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 16. For information on how to register or to check your registration status, please visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

Absentee Voting

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 Tuesday, October 31.  Your request must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 pm.

You can also vote in person absentee at your local registrar’s office. The first day to vote in person absentee is September 22. The last day to vote in person absentee is Saturday, November 4 at 5:00 pm.

For more information on absentee voting, visit http://elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html.

How to Get Involved!

Our campaign is in full swing and we need your help! We are looking for folks willing to join us for door to door, write letters to the editor, stuff envelopes, and more! If you’re interested in helping out our campaign in any way, please email me at dickie@bellfordelegate.com and we will get you plugged in!

I am also available to speak at special events and meetings for clubs, civic organizations, church groups, etc. as scheduling allows.  I can speak about the campaign specifically or about legislative issues in the Commonwealth.  If you are involved in the planning for a civic group, church group, or special event,  please feel free to contact Savanna at savanna@bellfordelegate.com to schedule.

We also have yard signs, large 4’x4’ and 4’x8’ signs, and bumper stickers.  Please let us know if you have a location for a larger sign, or if you would like a small yard sign or bumper sticker and we will get one to you. 

If you would like to help but are unable to volunteer your time, please consider making a donation to the campaign.  Campaigns are unfortunately very expensive.  We have to purchase campaign materials, signs and bumper stickers, and other advertising materials to help spread our message.

A donation in any amount is very helpful and will be most appreciated. You can donate securely online at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate.

We are also looking for folks who would be willing to write letters to the editor in support of our campaign! Our district includes four newspapers: The News Virginian, The News Leader, The Nelson County Times, and The Recorder.  Information on how to submit letters to each paper is below.

The News Leader – Submit letter online here or mail to Letters to the Editor/The News Leader/11 N Central Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401

The News Virginian – Submit letter online here.

The Nelson County Times – Submit online here.

The Recorder – Email to recorderanne@gmail.com. Signed copies can be sent to P.O. Box 10, Monterey, VA 24465.

Each paper requests that you include your full name and phone number.

Republican Headquarters

We are fortunate to have two Republican offices in our area this year where you can pick up your materials for the Republican ticket. The Waynesboro and Augusta Republican committees will each have their own Republican Headquarters this year.

The Augusta County Republican Committee headquarters is located at 101 State Street in Staunton. The Waynesboro Republican committee headquarters is at the Willow Oak Plaza in Waynesboro.

I will keep you posted with their hours, need for volunteers, etc. as information become available. I encourage you to stop by one of these locations to pick up a yard sign and/or bumper sticker for our candidates.

Congressman Goodlatte’s Annual BBQ

Congressman Goodlatte's Annual BBQ is coming up on September 17th at 3:00 pm at the Augusta Expo. This is a fun event for the whole family.  It’s free to attend, but an RSVP is requested. For more information about the event and to RSVP, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-annual-goodlatte-bbq-tickets-37417955111.

Contact Me

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

Please send campaign inquiries to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.  

If you would prefer to send us written correspondence, you can do so at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.

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

 

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - Helping with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast over the weekend, leaving devastating flooding in its wake and has made a second landfall once again along the Louisiana-Texas border.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this devastating storm. As many of you know, my wife's family lives in Houston. They are safe now but the flooding is far from over. Anne and I ask that you keep them in your prayers during this difficult time. 

I am thankful for all of the first responders, National Guard members, and others who are working diligently to mitigate the devastation. Earlier this week, staff members from the Virginia Department of Forestry headed to southeast Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey efforts.  We also know that there are search and rescue crews from across the Commonwealth heading to Texas. We wish them all the best as they help with the relief efforts.

It's at times like these when we see the very best our nation has to offer.  At a time when our nation is increasingly divided, we’ve come together to help those affected by this terrible storm.  There will be time for campaigning and fundraising in the weeks and months to come.  I hope this week we can focus our efforts on how to assist those who have lost so much to this storm.

Like myself, many of you are likely wondering how you can help those who have been affected by Harvey. Below is a list of suggested charities to help with the recovery.  I hope you'll consider contributing to one of the relief organizations listed below.

·         The American Red Cross – www.redcross.org; 800-RED-CROSS; or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

·         The Salvation Army – www.helpsalvationarmy.org; or 800-SAL-ARMY

·         The United Way - www.uwtexas.org/hurricane-harvey; or text UWFLOOD to 41444

·         The SPCA of Texas - https://www.spca.org/

·         The SPCA of Louisiana - https://www.la-spca.org/

·         The Houston Humane Society - http://www.houstonhumane.org/

·         The Louisiana Humane Society - http://news.humanela.org/

Thank you for your consideration and again, please keep those affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - July 28, 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s almost August! I’ve seen many of you out and about at lawn parties, festivals, and other events, and I hope to continue to see you out as the Summer winds down. I’d like to give you an update on the happenings in the 20th district and across the Commonwealth.

2017 Valley Business Summit

Registration is now open for the annual Valley Business Summit scheduled for Monday, August 14 at the Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Center. This is the 5th year of this Summit, hosted by Delegates Cline, Landes, Wilt, and me in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College, our local Chambers of Commerce, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and the Small Business Development Center. This year the event will kick off at 1:00 in the afternoon and conclude by 4:30.

Come hear from the new CEO of the Commonwealth's leading economic development organization, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, about their enhanced focus on statewide growth for businesses of all sizes.  Mr. Moret’s keynote remarks will be followed by a session from local business owners and experts with successful case studies on business transitions throughout the business cycle, from opening a business to retirement. Rounding out the schedule, your local House of Delegates members will highlight recent efforts to improve the business climate in Virginia and seek feedback from participants on areas where we can do better. Local and state business assistance partners will once again be on hand for our resource fair.

As always, the Valley Business Summit is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please click here to register today!

Budget Surplus

We learned earlier this month that Virginia ended the fiscal year with a $132 million budget surplus. This is the direct result of the Republican-led General Assembly’s conservative budgeting and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars. While Washington deals with massive debts and deficits, Virginia has produced five budget surpluses totaling over $2 billion.

To understand the significance of this accomplishment, we must also look at where we came from. Prior to the 2017 General Assembly Session, we faced a $1.5 billion. We made tough decisions and adopted conservative budget amendments to keep spending in check and balance our budget, while also funding the core functions of government like K-12 education and public safety, providing a pay raise to teachers, state police officers and sheriff’s deputies.

Our surplus is great news, but we must remain cautious as we look to the future. Virginia’s economy is struggling and we continue to lag behind the national recovery. That means we must continue to be conservative and responsible with our budgeting.

That also means we must continue to remain laser focused on strengthening our economy. It’s becoming clear to me that the McAuliffe/Northam approach to economic development might attract a lot of headlines, but it’s not creating the solid economic growth we need. Over the next few months, I look forward to sharing how Republicans will grow our economy to help Virginia families and businesses.

Save the Date for our Barbecue, Beans, and Bluegrass Fundraiser

It’s almost that time again! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 5. We will be holding our Eighth Annual Barbecue, Beans, and Bluegrass Fundraiser! It will be held at 6:00 PM at Shenandoah Harley Davidson.  More details will be forthcoming, but be sure to save the date!

Augusta and Highland County Fairs

The Augusta County Fair kicks off next Tuesday, August 1 and runs through Saturday, August 5.  This is a great event for the whole family and I hope to see many of you out.  I’ll be there every night so stop by the Augusta County Republican Committee’s booth and say hello! For more information about the fair including a schedule of events visit http://www.augustacountyfair.com/.

The Highland County Fair is August 26, and August 29 – September 2. I plan to be there for some of the events on August 26th and again on August 30th for the parade. I hope to see you there! More information about the Highland County Fair can be found online at http://www.highlandcountyfairva.com/.

Contact Me

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

Please send campaign inquiries to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.  Campaign donations can be made securely online at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate.

If you would prefer to send us written correspondence, you can do so at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.

You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

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

 
Delegate Richard Bell
http://www.bellfordelegate.com/

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - July 3, 2017

I hope you’re having a wonderful Summer! I’ve already seen many of you out and about at some of the wonderful activities this area has to offer, and I hope to see more of you throughout the coming months.

I’d love to give you an update on the happenings in the area and across the Commonwealth.

New Laws

As you know, the 2017 General Assembly adjourned in early March. Throughout the 46 day session, we considered thousands of bills. Most of the bills that ultimately passed and were signed by the Governor went into effect July 1.

Each year, the Department of Legislative Services compiles a list of legislation that may affect the average citizen.  While this is not a comprehensive list, I encourage you to take a look at it, and share it with your friends.

This publication, titled In Due Course, can be found online at http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/idc/idc17.pdf.

 America’s Birthday Celebration 

For those of you who may still be trying to decide how to spend your Independence Day, I encourage you come out to the American’s Birthday Celebration at Gypsy Hill Park. 

It will be going on today and tomorrow and is a wonderful event for the whole family.  There are vendors, great food, rides and games for the kids, and live entertainment.  There is also a parade going through the park at 10:00 am tomorrow morning! For more information on this event, including a schedule of events,  go to www.stauntonjulyfourth.com.

 Join us for Baseball!

 This Thursday, July 6 we will be hosting a promotional night at the Waynesboro Generals Game and Friday, July 7, is our annual promotion night at the Staunton Braves baseball game.

We will be there both nights right outside the gate and will have a free gift for the first 250 attendees. We hope to see you there!

 Upcoming Events

In addition to the America’s Birthday Celebration, there are a number of other community events coming up this summer that are fun for the whole family.  The dates for those are provided below.

  • July 8 - Waynesboro Summer Extravaganza
  • July 19 - 22 - Stuarts Draft Lawn Party  
  • July 22 - Sweet Dreams Festival, Stuarts Draft
  • August 1 – 5 - Augusta County Fair
  • Augusta 26, August 30 – September 2 - Highland County Fair
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.  Please send campaign inquiries to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.

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.

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

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - June 9, 2017

I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of the Summer! It’s a great time to be in the Valley and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you out and about at the various lawn parties, festivals, baseball games, and other activities that Summer in the Valley has to offer!

I’d love to take a few minutes to share with you a quick update of what’s been going on in the Valley and across the Commonwealth!

Primary Day

Next Tuesday, June 13, is Primary Day for both Republicans and Democrats in the Commonwealth.  Republicans and Democrats both have contested races for both Governor and Lt. Governor.  The polls will be open from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm and you will vote at your normal polling location. 

Please note that there is one precinct change in the City of Staunton that I would like to make you aware of.  If you live in Ward 1 of Staunton and formerly voted at Bessie Weller Elementary School, you will now vote at Third Presbyterian Church (1313 Barterbrook Road). This change was made effective in February of 2017 to help facilitate a smoother election process.

 If you have questions about where you vote or what’s on your ballot, please click here.

Don’t forget to bring your photo ID with you when you vote. Click here for information on acceptable forms of ID!

Class of 2017

Congratulations to all graduates of the Class of 2017 in the 20th District and across the Commonwealth! I was delighted to attend several local graduations this year, including Robert E. Lee High School and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and I plan to attend the Highland High School graduation tomorrow.  Additionally, I attended GRASP Scholarship Award Ceremonies at Riverheads High School and Wilson Memorial High School.  Yesterday I even had the opportunity to attend an 8th grade graduation for students at the Virginia Virtual Academy. 
 
I was also privileged to attend the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber’s Academic Achievers Reception.  This is always a wonderful event where the community comes together to celebrate some of our community’s highest academic achievers.  Anne and I were honored to present a scholarship to Tyrone Curtis Brotherton, a VSDB student who was honored at this reception. 

Congratulations again to all our local graduates! You did it! I wish you all the best, whether you’re headed off to two or four-year college, the military, or the workforce.    

Honors and Awards

Over the last few weeks I have been honored to receive recognition for my work during the 2017 Session. 

On Friday, April 20, I was named Community Support Member of the Year by the Central Valley Counselor’s Association. They based their selection on a broad array of legislation that directly impacts the work of counselors. Specifically, they highlighted work on legislation impacting foster care, as well as my 2017 school discipline reform legislation.   I appreciate the work that this association does for our community and I am humbled to receive this recognition.

In early May, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce presented me with the 2017 Excellence in Education and Workforce Development Award.  This award recognizes legislators who worked to give Virginians better opportunities to develop skills that align with the workforce needs of businesses. I was chosen because of my work on expanding virtual education in Virginia.  Additionally, I earned an A+ rating on their 2017 Legislative Scorecard, and I hold a lifetime rating of an “A”.

Virginia has traditionally been recognized as a great state for business, but our rankings have begun to slip over the last couple of years. I believe that to promote economic growth in Virginia we must think outside the box and continue to promote education reform, as well as tax and other regulatory reforms.  I will continue to pursue this throughout my time in the House.

Just this week, I was honored to receive the Award for Conservative Achievement from the American Conservative Union. The American Conservative Union ratings intend to reflect how each legislator views the role of government in an individual’s life.  In determining these ratings, they looked for legislators who could be counted on to protect the constitutional right to life, liberty, and property.  I am grateful for their recognition and will remain committed to the founding principles of this nation.

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

Please send campaign inquiries to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.

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.

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

 

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - Join me May 26th at the Diamondbacks Game

Join me at the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks Season Opener!

It’s baseball season!

I will be hosting a promo night at the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks Season Opener on Friday, May 26.  I will be throwing the first pitch at 7:15 pm and there will be a free promotional item given to the first 100 attendees!

Join Anne and I as we cheer on the Diamondbacks against the Elkton Blue Sox in this rematch of last year’s championship series!

I hope to see you there!

Print this email and bring it with you to the game for free admission!

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - 2017 Reconvened Session

The Virginia General Assembly met Wednesday for the “reconvened” or “veto” session to consider Governor McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes.

Governor McAuliffe signed over 700 bills this year, but he vetoed 39 bills and amended 67 more. He also made 27 amendments to the budget passed by the General Assembly.

Many of us were disappointed by the nature of the Governor’s vetoes.  The vetoes were very partisan and highlighted division and opposition.  Many of the bills he vetoed were commonsense bills, including bills that allowed parents to make their own educational decisions for their families, protected small businesses from national union bosses, and helped ensure the integrity of our voter registration system.

Among the Governor’s vetoes was my House Bill 1400, which established the Virginia Virtual School.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get the two-thirds margin necessary to override the veto in the House. Virginia is a leader in so many areas, but we continue to fall further behind with regard to virtual learning. While I am disappointed in this setback, I look forward to continuing the discussions about virtual learning in the interim and, if I am re-elected, in the 2018 Session.

Also included in the Governor’s vetoes were eight bills that originally passed the House with veto-proof majorities thanks to the support of Democrats. Yesterday, however, many Democrats put partisan politics above public policy and voted to sustain the Governor’s vetoes, even on bills that they supported in the regular session.

Governor McAuliffe also made several major amendments to the General Assembly’s two-year budget.  Included in these amendments was language to allow the Governor to expand Medicaid. The House once again rejected this effort. Despite the recent failed action of the U.S. House of Representatives to replace the ACA, nothing has changed with regard to Medicaid expansion.  Efforts to repeal and replace the ACA have stalled, but they have not ended.  This creates a tremendous amount of uncertainty around healthcare policy. It would be irresponsible for Virginia to expand a government run program on a promise from Washington that may or may not be there in the future.

With the reconvened session complete, the General Assembly has completed its work for 2017. We will return to Richmond in January 2018 to begin another legislative session.  

Despite the Governor’s vetoes, I am proud of what the House was able to accomplish on behalf of Virginians this year. We closed a billion dollar budget deficit with a conservative and responsibly balanced state budget. We also passed legislation to strengthen Virginia’s still lagging economy, improve our public education system, help make college more affordable for Virginia families, and improve healthcare.

We will be operating out of the 20th District for the remainder of 2017.  You can reach us by phone at 540-448-3999. You can also continue to reach us by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov

Campaign inquiries should be sent to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.

If you prefer to send written correspondence it can be sent to Post Office Box 239, Staunton, VA 24402.

It is a privilege to represent you in the Virginia House of Delegates.  I hope you will stay connected with me over the coming months.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance to you in any way.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - Help me kick off my 2017 Campaign!

It's official!  On March 14 at noon I became the official Republican nominee for the 20th House District.  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of the 20th District over the last seven years.  We have accomplished a lot in this time, but there is still more work to be done.

Our Commonwealth has its share of challenges right now. Our once consistent rating as a top state for business has begun to slip and our economy still lags behind the national recovery. In order to stimulate our economy we need to eliminate over burdensome regulations on small businesses, reduce the tax burden on our families, and adopt education policy that ensures every child has the opportunity to succeed and meet the current needs of the 21st Century workforce.

As you may have heard, I have two candidates who have announced their intention to challenge me in November.  A three-way campaign will undoubtedly be expensive.  We have an important campaign finance deadline coming up on Friday, March 31, and I need your help to make a strong showing. As you know, I was prohibited from receiving campaign funds during the legislative session by state law.  I wholeheartedly support this law, but it can give our opponents an advantage when it comes to campaign fundraising.  I need your help to catch up.

A campaign donation in any amount would be appreciated! You can donate securely online at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate. You can also mail a contribution to Post Office Box 239, Staunton, VA 24402.  Please make checks payable to Bell for Delegate.

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

If you are unable to contribute financially at this time, there are still other ways that you can help me jumpstart my campaign.  Please click here to “like” my page on Facebook. If you’ve already done so, please encourage your friends to do the same. You can also follow me on twitter by clicking here. Social media is one of the easiest ways to spread our message!

The majority of you that are reading this likely already receive my emails.  However, if you’re reading this on social media, our webpage, or received it from a friend, please sign up for our email list at bellfordelegate.com or email Savanna at savanna@bellfordelegate.com.

Thank you again for your continued support! I look forward to seeing you out on the campaign trail!

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - March 3, 2017

While the 2017 Session is now behind us, we still have a busy year ahead of us. As you may already be aware, 2017 is an election year. Virginia will elect a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. All 100 members of the House of Delegates are also up for election.

I announced in December that I am seeking re-election to the House of Delegates. We have accomplished a lot over the last 7 years, but we have more work to do!

I have been honored and humbled by your support over the last 7 years, and I look forward to your continued support in the coming year.

During the General Assembly Session we are prevented by state law from raising campaign funds. I support this law, as I believe it keeps us focused on the people’s business while we are in Richmond. 

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned sine die, we are once again allowed to raise funds needed for the upcoming election.  I would appreciate your help getting a jump-start on my 2017 campaign! A donation in any amount would be most appreciated. You can donate securely online at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate or mail a contribution to P.O. Box 239, Staunton, VA 24402.

Legislative Survey

Thank you to all of you who took the time to complete my 2017 Legislative Survey. The results of these surveys are always helpful to me and allow me to better represent you in Richmond! If you’re interested, you can see the 2017 survey results here.

Contact Us

Now that Session is over, we are once again operating out of the 20th District. You can reach us by phone at 540-448-3999. You can also continue to reach us by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov.

Campaign inquiries should be sent to Dickie@BellforDelegate.com.

If you prefer to send written correspondence it can be sent to Post Office Box 239, Staunton, VA 24402.

It is a privilege to represent you in the Virginia House of Delegates.  I hope you will stay connected with me over the coming months.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance to you in any way.

 





Delegate Richard Bell
http://www.bellfordelegate.com/

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