Louisiana Senate staff attorney Michael T. Bell is running for the newly created state Senate District 2 seat, saying he has the knowledge, courage and experience needed for the job.

District 2 covers parts of eight parishes that stretches from the Capital region into the River Parishes.

“I have the courage. As an attorney, I am the voice of the voiceless in court and I know how and when to fight for what’s right,” the Prairieville Democrat said. “I have, knowledge; as staff attorney for the Senate, my work history has molded me for the complexity of the issues that our communities and our state face on a daily basis.”

In addition, Bell said he has both the legal and legislative experience to interpret the law.

As senator, Bell said he would fight to make sure schools have the resources to meet standards required by the LEAP test; to keep the doors of Louisiana’s colleges open and affordable; and to create and fund the “River Region children’s zone” to give children healthy alternatives to “the street” and anti-social behavior.

Bell said he would also support funding summer job programs for young people, fight for programs to help family farmers, guard against employers shifting health care costs to employees, fight “pension raiders” and work for crime-prevention districts in high-crime areas.

Bell has more than a decade of experience working in the state Senate. He has also served as congressional aide to former U.S. Rep. Don Cazayoux, who is now U.S. attorney for the Middle District in Baton Rouge.

Bell has served as “of counsel” to Lumpkin, McCrary, Tyson & Bell, LLP, a multijurisdictional law firm with offices in Louisiana, Connecticut, Georgia and Ohio.

He has also served as an assistant district attorney in the 19th Judicial District Court.

Bell is a graduate of LSU and the Southern University Law Center. He is licensed to practice in all local, state and federal courts in Louisiana.