Melony Bell

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Melony Bell
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
Assumed office
November 6, 2018
Preceded byBen Albritton
Constituency56th district (2018–present)
Polk County Commissioner
Assuming office
2010
SucceedingTBD
Personal details
Born (1961-10-29) October 29, 1961 (age 57)
Winter Haven, Florida
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Robbie Bell
Alma materSoutheastern University

Melony Mincey Bell (born October 29, 1961) is an American politician who is currently a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 56th District which covers the entirety of DeSoto and Hardee Counties, as well as part of Polk County. commissioner for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. Bell has served as the mayor of Fort Meade, Florida and as a Fort Meade city commissioner.

Background[edit]

Bell was born in Winter Haven, Florida to Ronald and Laverne Mincey.[1] Her family moved to Satellite Beach, Florida when she was young.[1] While in high school, the family returned to Fort Meade, where she met her husband at Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School.[1] Bell earned a bachelor's degree Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and an associate's degree from South Florida State College.

Before her career in government, Bell worked as an auditor for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and her husband owns a bee business.[2]

Political career[edit]

Bell got her start in politics when she became the lead opposition to the building of a private prison next to Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary School.[1] Bell served for 14 years on the Fort Meade City Commission, including four terms as mayor, before her election as a county commissioner in 2010.[3][4][5]

In 2017, Bell announced that she would running for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2018.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Little, Ryan. "Polk Commissioner Melony Bell Works Hard for Her Causes". The Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The Ledger Recommends - County Commissioner, Dist. 2: Melony Bell". The Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Chambliss, John. "Melony Bell to face Poulin for House seat in 2018". The Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ Palmer, Tom. "Fort Meade Official Melony Bell Seeks to Encourage, Manage Growth". The Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Elect Melony Bell to county board". The Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2017.