State BOE VP Ella Bell enters Montgomery mayoral race

State BOE VP Ella Bell enters Montgomery mayoral race

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The race for mayor of Alabama's capital city continues to gather new candidates. Thursday, Ella Bell became the latest to add their name to the growing list.

Bell, a Montgomery native, currently serves as Vice President on the Alabama State Board of Education. She's been with the state BOE since 2001. Bell indicated her decision to run Wednesday, though her public announcement came Thursday.  

"This iconic city, with all of its history and significance, still has not become the beloved community that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned 50 years ago," Bell said. "I want to work with the people of Montgomery to address problems and create solutions for all people, in every corner of this city."

Bell says she wants to improve the city's education system, criminal justice system, and fiscal affairs.

"I'm out there believing that I can do what Almighty God has instructed me to do in my spirit cause I really do believe we are headed for a new day and truly a new day in Montgomery. I really believe that," Bell said

Bell received her bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University and her masters from Alabama State University. She completed coursework towards her doctorate at the University of Alabama. She has served as the Director of the Dropout Prevention Center at ASU and serves on several other boards.

Bell's competition in the race includes incumbent Mayor Todd Strange, former U.S. Congressman Artur Davis, and Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Harris.

Qualifying for the race takes place officially in July. The election is set for August 25, 2015.

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