The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 20, elected Commissioner Lynda Bell as vice chair of the board in a historic move where, for the first time in county history, two women will serve in the top two leadership posts on the commission for a term of two years.
The vote followed the election of Commissioner Rebeca Sosa as the commission’s new chair. Both Sosa and Bell will assume the new leadership roles in January.
“I am over-whelmed by the high level of confidence my fellow colleagues have placed in me by entrusting me to serve in this most important capacity,” Bell said. “I look forward to working closely with my highly respected and admired colleague, chairwoman- elect Sosa, and the rest of the county commission, as we continue to tackle the critical issues the residents of our beloved county face every day. As long as I am a public servant, they can expect nothing less but the highest standards of excellence and integrity in public service they have all come to expect and deserve.”
Commissioner Bell was elected to the Miami-DadeCommission on Nov. 2, 2010 representing District 8, which encompasses a significant portion of southeastern Miami-Dade County, including the municipalities of Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay and Homestead, with portions of Kendall and the Redland. Prior to her service on the commision Bell had the distinction of serving as the only woman mayor in the City of Homestead’s 99-year history.
Commissioner Bell has been married to Mark Bell for 28 years. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren.