William “Bill” A. Dawson, Jr.
For City Council — District 6
Having been born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, and receiving my undergraduate degree at Marshall University, no matter where I have lived, I have always considered Huntington my home and its residents my family. Since returning to Huntington in late 2016, it has been my goal, through my law practice, to serve my community to the best of my ability. Should the constituents of District 6 see fit, I look forward to the opportunity to serve this great city as a City Council Person.
I believe that Huntington’s greatest strength is its residents. Regardless of who gets elected to what office, it will be the residents that determine how Huntington is to advance in the forthcoming years. It will be imperative that the residents, local business, and civic organizations work together to mine for solutions that best serve our city as a whole. We need to also ensure that every dollar generated, whether by tax, fee, or other, be allocated to the needs that best serve Huntington’s future so as to provide our next generation of Huntingtonians opportunities that will allow them and their families to remain here and still maintain a quality of life comparable to bigger, more affluent cities. I believe that this is best accomplished by providing adequate funding to our first responders, to ensure that they have the proper equipment and adequate personnel to serve and protect our city.
I also believe that we need to reinvest in our aging infrastructure to reduce and/or eliminate any foreseeable gaps in services that could potentially cost this city, its residents, and/or its businesses thousands, if not millions, in costs, lost income, etc. While this may require the expenditure of significant resources, I promise to diligently review any requests for allocation of such resources to ensure no excessive spending.
I believe, that given my background, resources and personal connections with this community and its leaders, I am in an unique position to facilitate Huntington’s advancement into the future. I promise that should you place your trust in me and I am provided the opportunity to serve Huntington and its residents as a City Council Person I will do so to the best of my ability while utilizing every resource at my disposal.
I was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia in 1974 to William “Red” A. Dawson and Carole Ann Dawson, formerly Weiler, both of whom still live in Cabell County. I have a sister Kathryn “Katie” Ellen Dawson who lives in Huntington. I attended Our Lady of Fatima; Cammack Junior High School; and Huntington High School prior to receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Marshall University. I completed my formal education when I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.
While attending school in Huntington, I got my first job as a stock boy at the food wholesaler, Goldsmit-Sydnor. I also worked part-time, full-time in the summers, as a laborer for my father’s union construction company, Red Dawson Construction Company. Between my time at Marshall University and Florida Coastal School of Law I was employed as a ski instructor at Snowshoe Ski Resort, Snowshoe, West Virginia. Since commencing my legal career, I have been employed as a Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Alfred E. Ferguson, Circuit Court Judge, Cabell County, West Virginia; an associate attorney for the law firm, Vernis & Bowling in Florida; and as an Attorney/Owner of W. A. Dawson, Jr., Attorney at Law, P. A. and Dawson & Meadows, Ltd. I am currently employed with the law firm Campbell Woods, PLLC located in downtown Huntington, West Virginia.
- Cabell County Bar Association
- Co-Founder of the Ancient City Lion’s Club – St. Augustine, Florida
- Board of Directors of CONTACT Huntington, Inc.
- Board of Directors of Help for Animals, Inc.
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