Michael Bell (Louisiana)
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|Louisiana Senate District 2|
Bell is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Southern University Law Center. He has worked as a staff attorney for the State Senate and as a Congressional Aide to former U.S. House representative Don Cazayoux. Bell also worked as a legislative assistant to former state senator Wilson Fields.
Bell listed six issues as his platform on his campaign website.
- Preparing our children for the future: Bell will work to amend the LEAP program; work to keep costs of college affordable; create and fund the "River Region Children's Zone" to surround children by college-oriented peers.
- Creating jobs: Bell will support funding for summer jobs and propose a Rural River Development Commission.
- Protecting our farmers: Bell will fight for programs to provide stability and predictability to farmers.
- Fighting for affordable health insurance: Bell will work to ensure businesses do not transfer more than half of the healthcare costs to workers.
- Protecting our retirement benefits: Bell will propose legislation to require the legislature to oversee all final decisions relative to state retirement benefits.
- Crime Prevention: Bell will propose legislation, with voter approval, to create crime prevention districts in the higher crime areas.
- See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011
Bell ran in the 2011 election for Louisiana Senate District 2. He faced Elton Aubert (D), Troy Brown (D), Alfred Carter (R), George Grace Jr. (D) and Zaine Kasem (R) in the primary election on October 22, 2011. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. Aubert and Brown won the primary.
Bell is married to Wanda. They have two daughters.