Georgia House District 113
Bell is adjunct professor at Gainesville State College. She also taught English at UGA and two private schools. She is the co-founder of We Care Animal Haven, which rescues pets and places them in new homes. She is also the owner of "Doctors of English," which provides technical editing and consulting. In addition, Bell works as a Red Cross volunteer and has served on the Board of Directors for 18 years.
Bell's campaign site emphasizes her campaign themes and policy positions:
Family Courts: "I will support legislation which strengthens the family... One particular initiative is the Family Court... It offers families in crisis a kinder, less expensive, more responsive place to solve the painful problems of divorce and custody issues. While every county could not afford such a Court, we might move in the direction of establishing regional Courts, based on the judicial circuits.
Life Issues: "I am strongly pro-life, believing that each human being is unique, special, and a creation of a loving God. Each one has unknown potential and gifts. The least we as a society can do is to support that precious life and assure that the "right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are available."
Taxes: "The State should have to do what its citizens are doing: spend every penny with purpose and efficiency, while doing only the essential functions. State government must spend OUR tax dollars with the same attitude of its citizens: it must learn to do more with less and get back to the basics. It should do only what the citizens cannot do for themselves."
Education: "I believe that there are many skilled teachers and administrators doing outstanding work in our public schools. Regrettably, some teachers and administrators are ineffective. Our students suffer as a result. We need to improve the quality of teaching, learning, and goals in our public schools...We need a new focus on challenging teachers, parents, and students to be the best they can be. More money is obviously not the answer; a new way of thinking about education may be."
The special election for State House District 113 will occur in Oconee County and portions of Clarke, Morgan and Oglethorpe counties. The election is a nonpartisan special election with an open primary. Candidates Charles Williams (R) and Dan Matthews (D) were the top two vote-getters. Since neither received a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
- Democratic Candidate:
- Dan Matthews 1,048
- Republican Candidates:
1201 Arrowhead Road
Watkinsville, GA 30677
- Sarah Bell Campaign Site
- Sarah Bell Facebook Site
- Oconee Patch, "Bell Hopes to Take Volunteer Passion to Gold Dome," May 31, 2011 (Candidate profile)
- OnlineAthens, Rep. Huckaby resigns Georgia House, April 29, 2011
- Campaign Site, Meet Sarah, accessed on June 15, 2011
- Oconee Patch, "Bell Hopes to Take Volunteer Passion to Gold Dome," May 31, 2011
- Georgia Secretary of State, "Unofficial Results of the Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Special Election," accessed June 22, 2011
- Secretary of State News, Secretary Kemp Announces the Close of Qualifying for the Special Election in State House District 113, May 18, 2011
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