Gary Bell was elected to the Richmond City Council on Nov. 6 along with incumbents Nat Bates and Tom Butt.

Name: Gary Bell

Age: 54

Occupation: President and CEO of Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Berkeley

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Bell has lived and worked in the Richmond area since 1989. Served as the CEO of Cooperative FCU for two years. Worked in the main office of First Bankers Mortgage and Realty in Richmond. Former licensed real estate broker. Owned and operated First Bankers Mortgage located in Richmond for several years.

In 1985, elected to the Wichita, Kan., City Council, making him only the second African-American to serve on the council in the city's history.

Elected as a member of the Richmond City Council and served from 1999 to 2004. Worked to alleviate blight and helped start the Richmond Main Street Initiative, which is revitalizing historic downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village. He served on council committees for issues related to schools, seniors and the arts.

Personal History: From a family of 10 children. He has a twin sister. Married to Shelley for 12 years and has two sons.

Education: MBA in management from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda. Undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Wichita State University from Class of 1986.



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