David A. Bell (D)*

Age: 51.

Residence: Arlington.

Education: BA, Pennsylvania State University.

Occupation: Clerk of Circuit Court, Arlington County and Falls Church.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former president, Virginia Court Clerks Association; chairman, Arlington Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; member, Advisory Commission on Rules of Court to the Supreme Court of Virginia; former vice chairman, Arlington Democratic Party.

Family: Married; three children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"It has been my honor to serve in the office of clerk of Circuit Court for over 28 years and as the elected clerk for over 22 of those years. We have instituted many changes that have resulted in a better and more efficient court system, including 'call-in' jury administration, automatic civil case docketing and electronic scanning of land records. My excellent staff and I pledge to never forget that we work for the citizens of Arlington and Falls Church. I believe that my record and the level of service provided by this office reflect that."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I am well-known in the community as a youth baseball and basketball coach and a member of the board of trustees of the Salvation Army and the YMCA."