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Attorney Ashley Bell joins Trump transition team
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Ashley Bell

Gainesville attorney Ashley Bell, a former Hall County commissioner, has joined the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump to help recruit staff at the U.S. Department of State.

Bell was hired as a senior strategist for the Republican National Committee during the campaign, working to address issues and concerns prominent in minority communities.

He now joins a team charged with appointing foreign diplomats.

Bell said he has had every intention of returning to Gainesville to continue his law practice, but acknowledged that receiving the call to join the transition team was too good to pass up.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve,” Bell told The Times.