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U.S. Senate: Ford Bell

Ford Bell was one of the first DFLers to say he was weighing a run for office once Sen. Mark Dayton decided he would not seek re-election. Bell is the grandson of one of the founders of General Mills. Bell is the president of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and is active in his family foundation, the James Ford Bell Foundation. He has served on the boards of numerous community and charitable organizations, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (current chair), the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, and Community Health Charities. He is an elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis, according to his campaign Web site.

Candidate Bio

Ford Bell
Political affiliation:
DFL Party

Married (Amy). Five children (Jennie, Jaime, Emilie, Mary Bell Bradley).
Resides in Wayzata.
President of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
B.A. and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Major political experience:

On the Issues

Audio Abortion (1/26/06)
Audio Alternative minimum tax(1/26/06)
Audio Education (1/26/06)
Audio Energy (1/26/06)
Audio Ethics (1/26/06)
Audio Executive powers (1/26/06)
Audio Health care (1/26/06)
Audio Immigration (1/26/06)
Audio Iraq (1/26/06)
Audio Same-sex marriage (1/26/06)
Audio Social Security (1/26/06)
Audio Taxes (1/26/06)

Campaign Contribution Report

Total receipts
Total disbursements
Cash on hand
Source: Political Moneyline, July 2006

Links and Resources

Campaign Web site:
Document www.fordbell.com

Candidate Pages

Ford Bell has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate. Bell, a DFLer, intended to challenge Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar in the September primary. But he says difficulty raising money led to his withdrawal. (07/11/2006)
The DFL-endorsed candidates for U.S. Senate and governor say they're focusing on the November general election, and the Republicans running in the race. But Amy Klobuchar and Mike Hatch must first get through the September primary, and both face primary challengers who claim to have stronger positions on the issues. (07/05/2006)
Klobuchar easily won the backing of the vast majoirity of delegates to the state DFL convention underway this weekend in Rochester, winning on the first ballot with 78 percent of the vote. (06/09/2006)
Delegates to the state DFL convention in Rochester will endorse Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar for U.S. Senate. But not all Democrats will leave Rochester united behind Klobuchar. (06/08/2006)
Taxes, health care and national security were among the key issues addressed by three candidates running for Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat. (03/03/2006)
DFL U.S. Senate candidates Amy Klobuchar and Ford Bell make a joint appearance as part of Midday's Meet the Candidates series. They are both hoping for strong support from the party faithful in Tuesday's precinct caucuses. (Midday, 03/03/2006)
Ford Bell is one of two Minnesota Demcorats vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate this year. In Midday's ongoing Meet the Candidates series, Bell explains what he'd like to accomplish in Washington. (Midday, 02/24/2006)
DFL candidate Kelly Doran leads the money chase in the Minnesota governor's race, thanks mainly to his own loans. In the Senate race, Mark Kennedy is outpacing DFLer Amy Klobuchar. (01/31/2006)
Another Democrat is entering the 2006 race for U.S. Senate. Veterinarian Ford Bell formally launches his campaign Friday. On the Republican side, Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Minnesota raising money for Rep. Mark Kennedy, who's also running for Senate. (07/22/2005)
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