Southwest Ward: Dan Besse

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Dan Besse
Democrat, Southwest Ward

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P.O. Box 15306
Winston-Salem, NC 27113
Phone: 336-760-4678 (home and work)

About Dan Besse

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Dan Besse has been a Council Member since 2001.

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As your council member, I will respond to your concerns and work for the well-being of citizens of the Southwest Ward and the City of Winston-Salem. Therefore, I would like to hear from you so that I can better serve our community.

Profession / Vocation

  • Public Interest Attorney and Educator

Professional & Community Associations

  • Chair of the Public Works Committee
  • Member of the Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee
  • Member of the Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Active member in the Ardmore Neighborhood Association
  • Has provided volunteer services for community groups including:
    • Mediation Services of Forsyth County
    • Domestic Violence Advocacy Center
    • Twin City Track Club
    • Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina
  • Appointed by the Governor to the:
    • North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission 1985 to 1993
    • NC Emergency Response Commission 1987 to 1992
    • NC Environmental Management Commission 1993 to 2005
    • NC Sedimentation Control Commission 1994 to 2002
  • Other community activities include: Member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem


Hickory High School, 1973

B.A. Degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977

UNC School of Law, J.D. 1980


Licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 1980

Has worked in legal and management positions for organizations providing legal service for: poor families, health care services, environmental education

Teaching experience including teaching courses on environmental law, environmental policy and government at: NC State University, Guilford College, Duke University, Winston-Salem State University, and Forsyth Technical Community College


  • Born in Hickory, NC on December 28, 1954
  • Favorite recreations:
    • Reading
    • Running