Bell Sounds from the 20th - May 3

Just last month I announced my intention to seek a third term in the Virginia House of Delegates. We’ve made a lot of progress during my first 4 Sessions, but there is still a lot that needs to be done. I have truly enjoyed serving the people of the 20th District in the House of Delegates over the last 4 years, and I look forward to continuing my service. Anne and I are extremely grateful for your continued support.

I would like to take this time to provide you with a few updates of things that are happening with us and within the 20th District.


Over the last few weeks I have been honored to receive two important appointments from Speaker Howell. 

The first was an appointment to the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Work Conference, to be held in New Orleans June 22-24.

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with 16 member states to improve public pre-K-12 and higher education.  At this conference legislators from the member states gather to discuss education policy. 

I was privileged to attend the SREB Work Conference in 2010, and I am looking forward to having this experience again in 2013.

Additionally, I’ve been appointed to the National Governors’ AssociationCenter for Best Practices Three Branch Institute on “Child Social and Emotional Well-Being”.  This is a collaborative partnership between the Virginia Commission on Youth, the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Office of Comprehensive Services, and the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

I am grateful to Speaker Howell for providing me with these opportunities to better serve the 20th District.

Students at Ware Elementary Memorize the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

Some time ago, Krista Smith, a teacher at A.R.Ware Elementary School in Staunton reached out to me with a request.  Her students were learning about the Declaration of Independence, and she encouraged them to memorize the Preamble.

Students who successfully memorized the preamble would have the cost of the class field trip to Monticello paid.  I was asked and agreed to cover the cost of the field trip for each child that succeeded.

Last month, I had the opportunity to go to A.R. Ware and visit the students who recited the preamble.  I am pleased to report that 53 of these students were successful, and will have their field trip paid. 

It is important that these students become familiar with the documents and texts that are so vital to our nation’s founding, and I am pleased that I was able to have a small part in this activity.  Congratulations to those 5th graders at Ware who completed this task! 

 Upcoming Events

Below is a list of events that I will be attending throughout May. As you can see it is a busy time. As part of my public service I would like to extend an offer to you to speak to your church and school groups, as well as civic groups and other organizations. 

We make every attempt to honor all requests to speak. There is never a fee or charge for these appearances.

 If you have an upcoming event or group meeting, and would like me to speak, please contact us by email at, or by phone at 540-448-3999.  We will do our best to accommodate as many of these meetings and activities as possible.


  • May 4 – Delegate Bell to present Memorial Resolution at Staunton Police Department’s Tom Larner 5K


  • May 7 – Disabled American Veterans meeting at Waynesboro Golden Corral at 5:30 pm.


  • May 8 – Legislative Breakfast hosted by Nelson County Chamber of Commerce at Rockfish Community Center at 7:30 am.


  • May 9 – Delegate Bell to present Commending Resolutions for Deborah Lane and Staunton Public Works at Staunton City Council Meeting at 7:00 pm.


  • May 11 – MADD Event at StuartsDraftHigh School at 10:00 am; Waynesboro Motor Sports Event in Downtown Waynesboro at 12:00 pm.


  • May 13 – Delegate Bell Speaking at Staunton Kiwanis Luncheon at 12:00 pm.


  • May 15 – Staunton/Augusta Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at Legacy at 8:00 am.


  • May 16 – Presentation of Memorial Resolution honoring Dr. Patricia Menk at MaryBaldwinCollege at 9:00 am.


  • May 20 – Model General Assembly at Augusta County Government Center in Verona, Virginia at 8:15 am.


  • May 27 – Memorial Day.  Our District office will be closed.  Delegate Bell to attend Veterans’ Observance at Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand at 10:00 am.


Though it feels as if we’re still recovering from the last election, it is time to gear up for the 2013 Elections.  This year in Virginia we elect a Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General.  Additionally, all 100 members of the House of Delegates are up for re-election.

I want to keep serving the 20th District in the House of Delegates, however, I cannot do this without your help.  Campaigns are costly, and we must be prepared to identify and contact supporters. 

 Any amount that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  You can donate online at, or by clicking here.  You can also mail your donation to Bell for Delegate, Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia24402.

Waynesboro Learning Tree High Tea Fundraiser


You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual “High Tea” Fundraiser 

for the

Waynesboro Area Learning Tree

Community Technology Training Center

Saturday, May 11th

Three o’clock in the afternoon

Fairfax Hall Grand Ballroom

1101 Reservoir Street

Waynesboro, Virginia


Tickets are now on sale - $30.00

Call (540) 943-4457




We love always love to hear from our constituents.  If you have a state issue that you are concerned about, or a state agency that you need our help with, please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can reach us by phone at 540-448-3999 or by email at

 You can also stay updated by checking out our website at, or by following us on facebook and twitter.

As always, thank you for allowing me to represent you in Richmond. 

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