Dan Besse, Southwest Ward candidate

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Residential address: 1136 Miller St., 27103

Incumbent or challenger? Incumbent

Age: 54

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Occupation and employer: Attorney, self-employed

Previous elective experience: First elected to Winston-Salem City Council in 2001

Civic and volunteer experience (including service on city commissions and boards): Has served as a volunteer member, by appointment of the governor, on the following state rulemaking commissions: NC Environmental Management Commission (1993-2005), NC Sedimentation Control Commission (1994-2002), NC Coastal Resources Commission (1985-1993), NC Emergency Response Commission (1987-1992); most recently served as a member of the NC Climate Action Plan Advisory Group (2007-2008), which assisted the NC Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change with background information, technical data, and action recommendations; represents the city of Winston-Salem on the following regional bodies: Piedmont Triad Partnership (serves on the board of directors for PTP, our leading regional economic development group), Piedmont Triad Early Action Compact (chairs the stakeholders committee for this regional effort for cleaner air), Winston-Salem Urban Area Transportation Advisory Committee (represents the city on this regional planning board for transportation improvements); currently serves as the vice chair of the Large Cities Council for the National League of Cities; previous local community volunteer work also includes the following: Ardmore Neighborhood Association, past board member and active volunteer; Twin City Track Club, 2007 volunteer of the year; Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina, volunteer attorney, domestic violence project; Mediation Services of Forsyth County, volunteer hearing officer

Education (highest degree attained and name of institution): Juris doctorate, UNC-Chapel Hill

Party registration: Democrat

What is the city of your birth? Hickory

When did you move here? 1993

Paid consultants working on your campaign: None

Your campaign manager(s): None

Your treasurer: Greg McGrath

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