The people of east Norman need a representative with the courage to fight for their values. Merleyn Bell will work hard to ensure that they and their fellow Oklahomans have a bright and prosperous future.
Merleyn Bell is a fifth-generation Oklahoman. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, going on to serve as Art Director for OU’s award-winning literary magazine World Literature Today for 12 years. Through her company, Bell Design LLC, she provides graphic design services and consulting to public and private entities across the state. She and her husband Corey Matzkanin, a registered nurse, are delighted to raise their son in the same city where Bell grew up.
Merleyn has answered the call to serve throughout her life. She serves on the United Way of Norman Health and Safety Council and has volunteered for a number of local nonprofits including Food and Shelter for Friends, Full Circle Adult Day Center, and Thunderbird Clubhouse.
Merleyn is an alumna of Leadership Norman and a member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. She created the public radio program Race Matters in partnership with KGOU Radio as a forum for conversations with leading experts on the topic of race.
Merleyn's dedication to Norman has given her deep insights into the community and a clear vision for Oklahoma’s future. She will encourage increased funding that provides for high-quality public education, access to affordable healthcare, and the revitalization of our state’s infrastructure.