Bell for Delegate

Who am I?

I am a retired Air Force Officer who served for almost 26-years. I worked as a Finance Officer and have solved challenging financial situations and have led groups as a deployed Comptroller in the Middle East in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. I worked extensively with the Obama Campaign as a Canvassing Captain and I have trained hundreds of people to go door-to-door. I am married and the proud father of 5 children. I work for a non-profit organization providing financial expertise to the U.S. Government and volunteer as a High School Tennis Coach in my neighborhood.

Why am I running?

I believe our current delegate is focused on the wrong issues and seeks to legislate his personal extreme religious views at the detriment of his district.

My Goals

Transportation, Economic Development and Education Improvement.

My DFA Values

I believe in a government that has constant and vibrant community involvement and outreach. My campaign will seek to empower and involve community members in the campaign and governing process. I have served as a volunteer coach at Freedom HS since 2008 and I believe the best way to learn and improve a community is to be involved at our schools. I will focus on "everyday issues" and my goal is to bring a moderate approach to Richmond and to make common sense common practice again in Virginia.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Grassroots organizing will be the central focus of our campaign. From my experience with the Obama Campaign I strongly believe the key element must be door-to-door voter contact. I have continued my involvement with many of the people who I worked along with in the Obama campaign and we plan to reach out to voters as never before in a House of Delegate race.

Voice support


  • Maida Schifter, MD
  • David Lester, PA
  • Pat Yannacci, PA
  • Catherine Freemab
  • Pauline Rosenberg, PA
  • Greg Brandon, VA
  • Tom Hale
  • John Wandling
  • Gerry Higgins
  • Patrick Smith, VA
...and 12 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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