Sean Bell’s fiancee Nicole Paultre Bell has decided to run for political office in an attempt to right the wrongs committed against her husband, who was killed by police in a flurry of gunshots on their wedding day.
Four years after her fiancé’s death on their wedding day, Nicole Paultre Bell is focused on Election Day.
Bell, who typically marks her November by the anniversary of Sean Bell’s death in a 51-shot police fusillade, is intent on winning a vacant City Council seat from Queens.
“What happened to me four years ago – I didn’t expect that to happen,” Bell said in an exclusive interview with the Daily News officially announcing her candidacy.
“This is what life threw my way. It made me realize that there are serious problems out there.”
The once-tragic figure says her platform centers on education reform and elderly care – and improving police and community relations.
The inexperienced candidate running to replace the deceased Thomas White Jr. already faces one obstacle: The 26-year-old single mother of two doesn’t live in the Jamaica, Queens, district she wants to represent.
Former City Councilman Allan Jennings, one of her opponents in the Nov. 2 special election, was quick to attack Bell’s announcement.
“She has name recognition?” snapped Jennings. “So did George Bush. But he couldn’t get elected in this district.”
Bell took her fiancé’s last name after he was slain by a hail of cop bullets outside Club Kalua in Jamaica on their November 2006 wedding day, leaving her alone to manage a young family.
She lives in Far Rockaway with her dad, who provides an extra set of hands for her two girls, Jada, 7, and Jordyn, 4.
Bell plans to move back to the Jamaica area in the next few weeks. The deadline to move into the district is Election Day.
Still, she needs to collect 899 signatures from registered voters on her nominating petitions by Monday to enter the nonpartisan race. She insisted she’s already surpassed the requirement.
“The community stood up for me, and now it’s my turn to stand up for the community,” said the York College sophomore.
Bell’s political “mentors” – Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks and the Rev. Al Sharpton – described her notoriety and personal relationships with the likes of Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Paterson as a plus.
“That translates into representation immediately for the district,” said Meeks, a Democrat. “The district will receive the kind of attention it needs. There’s no doubt about that.”
Meeks and Bell became close after her fiancé’s death. His office helped her snag close to $200,000 in federal cash for her nonprofit When It’s Real It’s Forever foundation.
Sharpton called Bell “family” Tuesday while sitting alongside her in his radio show’s midtown offices.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of cases,” Sharpton said. “She has been one of the few who stayed involved and decided to do something.”
Sharpton noted that the $3.25 million payout Bell got from the city for her fiancé’s wrongful death settlement is going to a trust fund on behalf of her two daughters.
The money is untouchable until the girls hit adulthood.
Bell said her kids’ lives are more politics than play, joking that her older girl is already running the campaign.
“I had a talk with Jada. I didn’t do anything without talking to her. She was nervous. She doesn’t like crowds. I explained to her, ‘Mommy wants to get involved,’” Bell said.
This is a good look. It must be, because she hasn’t even started and her opponent is hating on her, just for having a recognizable name. Hopefully, aligning herself with Al Sharpton will help and not hurt her chances.