Delegate Richard P. "Dickie" Bell has been named the Republican nominee for Virginia's House District 20 in 2017's elections.
That decision was announced Wednesday by the Republican Legislative District Committee for House District 20.
Bell pre-filed for the district's nominating convention, and the deadline passed with no one else properly filing to be a candidate. Because of that, the convention for the district has been canceled and Del. Bell will be certified as the Republican nominee.
Bell has represented District 20, which includes Staunton, Waynesboro, Highland County, and parts of Augusta and Nelson counties, since 2010.
“Delegate Bell has strong support in House District 20, as is evidenced by his consistently decisive victories on Election Day. Delegate Bell has been an excellent representative and I look forward to his continued service to our Commonwealth, “ said Anne Fitzgerald, Chair of the Legislative District Committee, in a release.
Members of the Virginia House of Delegates serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. In the past, Bell served on the Staunton City Council. In 2015, his seat was challegned by William Hammer, who filed as a Libertarian and earned enarly 25% of the vote.
The Legislative District Committee is comprised of the unit chair (or their representative) of Augusta County, Highland County, Nelson County and the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. Members include Gary Chatelain (Augusta), Larry Bandy (Highland), Jim White (Nelson), Matt Fitzgerald (Staunton) and Ken Adams (Waynesboro).
The General Election is Tuesday, November 7.