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

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

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

Please send campaign inquiries to  Campaign donations can be made securely online at

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 to schedule.

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

Delegate Richard Bell

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