Richard Bell - Councilor

Richard Bell
Elected to Council: 
Term Expires: 
Richard Bell
(540) 247-6501

119 Peyton Street (Home)
303 S. Loudoun Street (Work)
Winchester, VA  22601

Mr. Bell is a downtown business owner and the Chief Executive Office since 2001 of The Adams Companies and principal broker of Adams-Nelson & Associates, Inc., a commercial real estate firm. He also served in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1979-1987 and the Reserves from 1988-2002. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve Civil Engineer Corps (Lieutenant) and is graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a minor in Urban and Environmental Planning.  

Council Committees:

  • Finance Committee
  • Planning & Economic Development Committee (Chair since 2021)

Community Involvement:

  • Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission, 2001-2008 (Vice Chairman 2005-2006, Chairman 2006-2007)
  • Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2001-2008 (Chairman for 2008)
  • City of Winchester Board of Architectural Review, 2000-2008 (Chairman 2004-2008)
  • Winchester-Frederick County Industrial Parks Association, 2001-2012 (President 2002-2006)
  • Preservation of Historic Winchester (PHW) Board of Directors, 2008 – 2012 (President 2011-2012) 
  • Winchester Green Circle Committee, 2010-Present 
  • Winchester Historic District Design Guidelines Review Committee, 2008-2009
  • Winchester City School Board, 2013-2020
  • Winchester City Council, Appointed November 2020-Present (term ending December 31, 2021)
  • Winchester City Council Finance Committee and City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee (Chairman since 2021)
First Ward Map

First Ward Polling Places:

John Kerr Elementary School


Merriman’s Precinct

John Kerr Elementary School
427 Meadow Branch Avenue





Old Town Precinct



Old Town Precinct

Christ Episcopal Church
132 W. Boscawen Street