About Ralph

I was born in Mesa, Arizona and spent the early part of my life there. I had started working in the nuclear field in 1990 at a plant outside of Phoenix called Palo Verde. In the beginning of 1996, I started with a nuclear waste company that was headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. At the time, we where removing radioactive components from nuclear plant fuel pools and shipping the waste to the burial site in Barnwell, South Carolina.

During this time, my beautiful daughter Ariel was born in 1990 and my awesome son Aaron was born in 1992. In 1998, I was fortunate to be asked to move to Columbia, South Carolina, where we have called home ever since. In 2002, I remarried my best friend Stephanie, and we have continued to share our lives together here in Columbia.

During the attacks of September 11, 2001, I was working in a facility in Pennsylvania and realized that the traveling was making it hard to raise a family. This was also around the same time that the burial site in Barnwell was being closed to outside states, so it was time for me to find a new career.

In 2002, I started my own business, Solutions Unlimited, LLC, that provides maintenance service for office buildings in Columbia. I have been lucky to have great clients continue to provide me with plenty of projects over the years. My wife, Stephanie, has worked as the accounting manager for a small business loan company since 2005. I have worked hard to keep the clients I have through hard work and honesty.

I had an opportunity to work for the state of South Carolina and applied for a job with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division as the facility manager. I was hired in 2008, and in 2015, I left to go back to run my company. I had the opportunity to see how hard the state employees work and the issues with our state pension system. Many of these people have spent their whole life dedicated to being a public servant and feel that the pension problem needs to be addressed.

I gained an appreciation of the men and women of this agency. Many of them sacrifice their time and put their lives on the line to protect the innocent of our state. Many of them answer the calls so that we can sleep safely. The one thing that I will always remember about this agency was Chief Strom's philosophy for enforcing the law reflected his respect for individual rights. SLED Agents to this day carry cards bearing Strom's credo: "Make sure a man is guilty before you affect his reputation, his freedom, or his pocketbook. Make sure that during your investigation, you always assure yourself that you are the fairest juror a suspect will ever have.”

Now I am asking for your vote to allow me to serve the people of District 73 and will continue to work for the people. I know we all want to make a living and have a safe place to call home. With my experience, I will make a difference and promise to be available to all the people of our district.

Ralph Bell at SC State House