ROBERT BELL, candidate for the 46th District in Norwich, Connecticut.
“HI, I’M ROBERT BELL.”
Like many others who have come to call Norwich home, Robert Bell was born elsewhere.
Born and raised in Irving, Texas, he joined the Navy in 2001, becoming a radioman and periscope repairman on fast attack submarines during his six years of service. Despite a strong desire to continue to serve his country, he developed obstructive sleep apnea. This condition disqualified him from continuing his Naval career.
Instead of returning to Texas, Mr. Bell remained in Connecticut, choosing to make a home for himself here. Over the next several years, he worked for Sikorsky, based in Stratford, Connecticut, building Black Hawk and Medevac helicopters.
The breakdown of his marriage during this time made him accutely aware of the struggles men face in protecting their parental rights. In 2014, after a lengthy divorce, he gained sole custody of his daughter, with whom he lives in Norwich.
Despite the challenges of single parenting, he continued to pursue his education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, as well as becoming licensed to practice real estate in Connecticut.
Upon receiving his real estate license, he created his own property management company, which he continues to manage today.
Robert Bell is an avid supporter of Norwich business, spending 90% of the money he earns at local businesses.
Having navigated difficulties in his personal life, he sees a bright future for Norwich and wants to do more for his community.
For too long, Norwich has been forgotten by Hartford and its own representatives. Mr. Bell pledges to give the City of Norwich real representation in Hartford.
I oppose Tolls.
Connecticut is taxed enough already. As one of only a handful of states with both a State Income Tax and a State Sales Tax, adding another tax in the form of tolling is outrageous. The current majority in the State Legislature has attempted to sell the idea of tolls as “for trucks only,” but it is only a step toward imposing tolls on every vehicle traveling over Connecticut’s highway system.
I support the legalization of Marijuana.
The criminalization of the use of marijuana was a political decision. The effort to repeal this must be political as well. The costs associated with incarcerating those who violate marijuana laws is steep, and the revenues associated with the legalization and taxing of marijuana are an added benefit to repealing current laws. As with any other freedom, the right to grow marijuana for personal use should not be infringed upon either.
I support vaccines. I support religious freedom.
I believe in the power of vaccines. I also believe in freedom of religion. If a local Board of Education mandates that certain vaccines are required for children to attend their schools, it is as much an individuals right to forego vaccines as it is for the community to set standards. Freedom means choices. Choices lead to consequences.
I support our police. I support our communities.
We need to support our police. But Police Departments need to be seen as supporting their communities as well. The relationship between a Police Department and its community is meant to be a symbiotic one, and to reinforce this I support community outreach programs and increased training. Children and Parents alike should feel safe around our Police officers, the vast majority of whom have chosen to serve in an honorable career.
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