On Thursday, House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) officially filed for re-election to continue representing House District 10, which will now only include a larger portion of Wayne County following redistricting. The district previously comprised of Greene County and portions of Johnston and Wayne counties.
“After much prayer and consideration with my family, I have decided to file for re-election,” said Rep. Bell. “It is truly an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of eastern North Carolina in the state legislature. While the district lines are changing, I want to thank the people of Greene County and eastern Johnston County for the opportunity to represent them over the past eight years.”
“Since being elected, I have worked as hard as I can to be a strong and effective voice for the citizens of House District 10. While I am proud of what we have accomplished, I am excited about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead for Wayne County and eastern North Carolina.”
“Now more than ever, we need representatives in Raleigh who will stand up and fight for our eastern North Carolina values. Wayne County is my home, and I look forward to the opportunity to once again earn the support of our community and ensure we have a strong voice at the table in Raleigh.”
As House Majority Leader, Representative Bell has been a leading voice for North Carolina’s agriculture, military and rural communities. This legislative session, he helped secure over $200 million for Wayne County in the state budget, as well as spearheaded the largest statewide investment in flood mitigation and disaster relief in state history, which is vital to protecting lives and property in rural eastern North Carolina. He also helped end the tax on military retirement pay and launch a new statewide program to assist veterans dealing with mental health emergencies.
Rep. Bell is a native of Mount Olive and is currently serving his fifth term in the state House. In 2015, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Majority Whip. He was then elected the House Majority Leader in 2016 and re-elected for the 2017-2018, 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 sessions. He is married to Kelli Gurley Bell and has a daughter, Averi.