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Issue: #99January 3, 2013

Germaine Bell, son of Councilman-Elect Gary Bell, has issued the following press release


Health Prevents Assumption of Duties On January 8, 2013

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 03, 2013 - Gary Bell, who on November 6 won election to Richmond's City Council, will be unable to assume duties as a member of the Council on January 8, 2013, the date of Richmond's swearing-in ceremony, due to time needed to recover from a current hospitalization according to his wife, Shelley Ross-Bell.

Within days after winning election, Mr. Bell was hospitalized with a severe bacterial sinus infection, in earlier reports erroneously labeled a meningitis infection.  He has since undergone two neurosurgeries and is currently in a medical coma to allow his healing process to be enhanced.

In making this announcement Shelley Ross-Bell shares: "My husband's prognosis is good, and we remain optimistic he will experience a full recovery.  With your continued prayers, we are confident Gary will be able to address you personally in the future, as you know he would prefer."

She added that while "Gary long ago dedicated himself to public and community service to improve the lives of others, his recovery will best occur privately in the weeks ahead.  As much as he and his supporters worked to win election to the Council, we know Gary unselfishly wants what is best for the people of Richmond.  On behalf of our entire family, we offer our regrets that my husband is now unable to serve as many had hoped.  We thank each of you for your cards, support, love and prayers."

About Gary Bell:

Gary Bell is President and CEO of Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union in Berkeley, California.  On September 12, 2012 Mr. Bell was appointed one of 15 members of the Credit Union Advisory Council to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  His lifetime dedication to community service includes his term as a member of the Richmond City Council from 2000 to 2005.  Prior to relocating to Richmond in 1989, at age 25 Mr. Bell was in 1985 elected to the City Council in Wichita, the largest city in the state of Kansas.  Mr. Bell was awarded an MBA in Financial Management and Organizational Leadership from John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University.  He and his wife, Shelley, live in Richmond.


Contact:  FamilyofGaryBell@gmail.com 

RPA statement


While we did not endorse Gary Bell in the election, we recognize that he is committed to the city, campaigns in a respectful manner, and is a class act. Our best wishes and support to his family in dealing with this difficult time.

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