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Photo credit: Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson, left, swears in incoming Arlington Electoral Board member Matthew Weinstein. Looking on is David Bell, who is retiring from the body effective Feb. 29, 2020.

David Bell, who served the voters of Arlington County and promoted Democratic values on the Arlington County Electoral Board from 2009-2011 and 2014 to present, will retire from the Electoral Board on February 27, 2020. Prior to serving on the Electoral Board, David Bell served as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Arlington County for 37 years, where he made innumerable contributions to Arlington’s legal system. He also was a stalwart volunteer for the Arlington County Democratic Committee over many years. His public service and volunteerism were defined by his dedication to Arlington County.

WHEREAS David Bell joined the Arlington County Clerk's office in February 1971, was promoted to the position of chief court clerk in 1974, and was appointed Clerk of the Court by the judges of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in 1976;

WHEREAS David Bell became one of the youngest elected Clerks of the Court in Virginia history at the age of 28 in 1977;

WHEREAS David Bell received professional recognition throughout his tenure as Clerk of the Court, including the prestigious William L. Winston Justice System Award from the Arlington Bar Association for his contributions to the county's court system;

WHEREAS David Bell was first appointed in 2009 to replace Fred Berghoefer on the Arlington County Electoral Board;

WHEREAS David Bell was reappointed to the Electoral Board in 2014 and has served honorably and with utmost professionalism and dedication ever since;

WHEREAS David Bell consistently furthered Democratic principles and policies on the Electoral Board by administering free and fair elections in Arlington County;

WHEREAS, in addition to his public service, David Bell was an avid Democratic volunteer, most memorably serving as a leader in the Arlington Young Democrats and hosting the traditional Election Eve yard sign dash to all of Arlington’s polling locations; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the Arlington County Democratic Committee thanks David Bell for his many years of service to Arlington County as Clerk of the Court, a member of the Arlington County Electoral Board, and a dedicated Democratic volunteer; and be it

RESOLVED FURTHER that the Arlington County Democratic Committee will prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to David Bell as an expression of the Committee’s respect and fondness for David Bell and appreciation for his decades of service to the Committee and our community.

Passed and Approved this Resolution on the 5th day of February 2020.

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