Bell defeated East Durham minister Sylvester Williams by taking 87 percent of the vote.
Bell has been Durham's mayor since 2001. He believes his win shows the Bull City is moving in the right direction.
"I'm very thankful for the people that supported me through their contributions, the votes of confidence, and their votes," said Bell. "I think it bodes well for Durham that people are satisfied with way this city is going and we're going to try and keep making that move in that direction."
Bell said he's planning to meet with church groups next week to talk about ways to improve the city and curb violent crime.