Michael Bell (Louisiana)

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Michael Bell
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Candidate for
Louisiana Senate District 2
PartyDemocratic
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ProfessionAttorney
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Michael Bell was a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 2 of the Louisiana State Senate.

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.

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Bell listed six issues as his platform on his campaign website.[1]

  • 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.

Elections

2011

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.[2]

Louisiana State Senate District 2 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElton M. Aubert 31% 10,932
     Democratic Mike Bell 12.8% 4,519
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTroy E. Brown 34.2% 12,082
     Republican Al Carter 14.1% 4,966
     Democratic George Grace, Jr. 6.2% 2,198
     Republican Zaine Kasem 1.7% 584
Total Votes 35,281

Personal

Bell is married to Wanda. They have two daughters.

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