Council Member Dan Besse seeks State House seat

Council Member Dan Besse seeks State House seat
February 01
10:25 2018

Local attorney and Winston-Salem City Council Member Dan Besse has announced his campaign for the North Carolina House District 75. GOP Rep. Donny Lambeth of Forsyth County is currently in that seat.

“Whether the challenge is improving our schools, creating jobs, improving health care, or protecting our environment, the politicians in Raleigh are failing us,” Besse said. “Too much power has been concentrated in the hands of too few. As a result, the legislature has spent time and energy working to rig the system to preserve that power for partisan gain rather than focusing on these challenges.

“I grew up in North Carolina and have made Forsyth County my home.  For the past 16 years, I’ve been working at the city level in Winston-Salem, concentrating on making our community an even better place. 

“We need a new set of priorities in Raleigh. I am running because I believe we can get back to a common-sense approach that brings people together to find solutions and improve our communities.” 

Besse’s website is at

Dan Besse was born in North Carolina, the son of a U.S. Marine and a public school teacher.  He graduated from Hickory High School (1973), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1977), and UNC School of Law (1980).

After representing poor families as a legal aid attorney in coastal North Carolina, Besse returned to his native Piedmont and made his home in Winston-Salem.  Since 2001, he has represented for five terms the Southwest Ward on the Winston-Salem City Council.

Besse says he’s focused on strong neighborhoods, good public schools, first-rate police and fire protection, healthy communities, equal opportunity for all, good affordable housing, good jobs for working families, and building a welcoming community for all.

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