Staunton City Councilman Richard “Dickie” Bell was selected at a public forum on Monday, July 27th to replace Delegate Chris Saxman as the Republican nominee for the 20th District House of Delegates seat. The 20th House District of Virginia encompasses a large majority of Augusta and Rockingham County, all of Highland County, and Staunton City. Bell has been a member of Staunton City Council since 1996 and is currently serving in his fourth term. He has also been a special education teacher of 13 years and coach at Riverheads High School. Bell holds a masters degree from Old Dominion University in Special Education and is a U.S. Navy veteran. Bell is married to Anne and has two adult children, Brian and Erin.
Councilman Bell joined six other candidates from the area at the forum to answer submitted questions and give the five-person Republican 20th Legislative District Committee a chance to compare the candidates for the nomination. At the forum, Bell stated that he would work to reform education, especially for special needs children. He also expressed his Pro-Life and Pro 2nd Amendment conservative values. In Councilman Bell’s closing statement he said, “I believe in you, the citizens of the 20th District. I believe in your spirit. I believe in your work ethic. I believe in your family values. I'm deeply honored that you'd even consider me for this important job, and I'm proud to be one of you.”
Councilman Bell will be at the Augusta County Fair on Saturday, August 15th at the Republican booth. He will also be at the Augusta County GOP Picnic on Saturday, August 29th at Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church from 2-6 p.m. Cost for adults is $5 dollars. Come out and meet our future delegate.
He also has a new website BellforDelegate.com