Michelle Bell

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Bell is the daughter of a Panamanian immigrant and identifies as Black Latina. She grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Management and Human Resources, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School in New Orleans [1, 2, 5]. Prior to her appointment as a Superior Court Commissioner in 2021, Bell worked as a Deputy Public Defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. She was also an Associate at Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz and practiced civil litigation [1]. Bell previously served as a Board Member for the Public Law Center and Board Member for Thurgood Marshall Bar Association and was also the Co-Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee [1].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Bell wants to ensure public safety and make decisions that protect the Orange County community and all victims of crime [6].

Equality

Bell wants to treat all parties fairly in the courtroom and further the administration of justice [6].

Endorsements

Anaheim Police Association; Orange County Labor Federation; Orange County Attorneys Association; Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA); Orange County Professional Firefighters Association; Orange County Employees Association (OCEA); Peace Officers Research Association of Orange County, “PORAC”; Santa Ana Police Officers Association; Unite Here, Local 11; Veterans Alliance of Orange County (VALOR); Hon. Maria Hernandez, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Orange County Superior Court; Hon. Cheri Pham, Supervising Judge, Felony Panel; Hon. Matthew Anderson, Supervising Judge, Harbor Justice Center; Hon. Kevin Haskins, Supervising Judge, West Justice Center; Hon. Gerald Johnston, Supervising Judge, Probate Panel; Hon. James Rogan, Supervising Judge, North Justice Center; Hon. Larry Yellin, Supervising Judge, Central Justice Center; Hon. Frederick Aguirre, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Hon. Margaret Anderson, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Gassia Apkarian, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Julian Bailey, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Carlton Biggs, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Hon. Steven Bromberg, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Michael Cassidy, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Lewis Clapp, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Andre De La Cruz; Orange County Superior Court Judge, Hon. Pat Donahue, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Nico Dourbetas, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Jeff Ferguson, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Jonathan Fish, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Donald Gaffney, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. John Gastelum, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Craig Griffin, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. James P. Gray Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Hon. Beatriz Gordon, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Sheila Hanson, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. David Hoffer, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Sheila Hanson, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Gregory Jones, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Hon. Marc Kelly, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Richard King, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Richard Lee, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Michael Leversen; Orange County Superior Court Judge, Hon. Gregory Lewis, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Katherine Lewis, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Andre Manssourian, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Charles Margines, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.);  Hon. Joy Markman, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Hon. Adrianne Marshack, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Kim Menninger, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Melissa McCormick, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Linda Marks, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Franz Miller, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Hon. Kirk Nakamura, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret); Hon. Gary Paer, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Joe Perez, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Terri Flynn-Peister, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Greg Prickett, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Gary Pohlson, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. James Poole, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.); Hon. Kathleen Roberts, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Karen Robinson, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Glenda Sanders, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Walter Schwarm, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Scott Steiner, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Daphne Sykes, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Nicholas Thompson, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Scott Van Camp, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Megan Wagner, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Nancy Wieben Stock, Orange County Superior Court Judge; Hon. Jennifer Contini, Commisioner; Hon. Christopher Evans, Commissioner; Hon. Patrick Flannery, Commissioner; Hon. Olga Giller, Commissioner; Hon. Aaron Heisler, Commissioner; Hon. Vickie Hix, Commissioner (Ret.); Hon. Cindy Nicols, Commissioner (Ret.); Hon. James Odriozola, Commissioner (Ret.); Hon. Don Barnes, Orange County Sheriff; Hon. Chief Dan Adams, Police Chief, City of Orange; Hon. Rhonda Bolton, Council Member, City of Huntington Beach; Hon. Kim Carr, Council Member and Former Mayor, City of Huntington Beach; Hon. Doug Chaffee, Orange County Board of Supervisors; Hon. Jorge Desouza, Retired Detective, Orange Police Department; Hon. Andrew Do, Orange County Board of Supervisors; Hon. Lakeshia Dorsey, Past President, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association of Orange County; Hon. Chris Duncan, Mayor, City of San Clemente; Hon. Katrina Foley, Orange County Board of Supervisors; Hon. Mena Gurguis, Past President, Orange County Attorneys Association; Hon. Chief Julian Harvey, Former Interim Police Chief, City of Huntington Beach and Former Interim Police Chief, City of Anaheim; Hon. Mike James, Retired Assistant Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Hon. Dan Kalmick, Councilmember, City of Huntington Beach; Hon. Connie Levya, California State Senator; Hon. Rebekah Matthews, Past President, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association of Orange County; Hon. Carlos Manzo, Vice Mayor, City of Westminster; Hon. Dave Min, California State Senator; Hon. Thai Viet Pham, Councilmember, City of Santa Ana; Hon. Robert Pequeno, Mayor, City of Lake Forest; Hon. Star Simmons, Youth Coordinator, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church; Hon. Susan Sonne, Councilmember, City of Buena Park; Hon. William G. Steiner, Former Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors; Hon. John Stephens, Mayor, City of Costa Mesa; Hon. Gina Clayton Tarvin, Ocean View School District President; Hon. Tom Umberg, California State Senator; Hon. Ahmad Zahra, Councilmember, City of Fullerton; Hon. Wylie Aitken, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Kate Corrigan, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Al Stokke, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Ed Welbourn, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Jeff Kent, Orange County Attorney; Hon. John Barnett, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Andy Bugman, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Chris Alex, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Shelly Aronson, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Chris Ayala, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Diane Bass, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Jamar Boyd-Weatherby, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Kristin Bracic, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Mark Brown, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Carolyn Carlisle, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Gil Carreon, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Joseph Chairez, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Bryan Fabros Clavecilla, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Lance Cotton, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Ray Dinari, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Brian Ducker, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Brian Farrell, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Mike Fell, Orange County Attorney; Hon. John Gibson, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Caroline Hahn, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Seton Hunt, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Jared De Jong, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Mike Maguire, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Jeff Moore, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Melissa Padilla, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Cliff Page, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Peter Pierce, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Jess Rodriguez, Orange County Attorney; Hon. David Simon, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Jennifer Soares, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Mary Westbrook, Orange County Attorney; Hon. Tamika Williams, Orange County Attorney

Sources

1 Bell For Judge 

2 Bloomberg

3 Ballotpedia

4 Instagram

5 Linkedin

6 Voter’s Edge