Dan Besse

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Dan Besse
Candidate for North Carolina
Lieutenant Governor in 2008
Personal details
Born (1954-12-28) December 28, 1954 (age 62)
Hickory, North Carolina
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Kay House
Profession Attorney

Daniel Vaughn (Dan) Besse (born December 28, 1954) is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (1980), an attorney, and, since 2001, a City Councilman in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was one of four Democratic candidates in the 2008 Lt. Governor Election for the seat vacated by Beverly Perdue, but came in last in the primary, which was won by Walter Dalton.[1]

In the 2008 campaign, Besse received the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina[2] and the Conservation Council of North Carolina.[3]

Political and Non-profit experience[edit]

Besse has served on the board of directors of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, a leading regional development organization, which brought $15 million in federal grant money to the Piedmont Triad region for workforce development.[4] He was appointed to the N.C. Environmental Management Commission (1993–2005) by Governor Jim Hunt and he also served on the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (1985–1993, Chair 1985-1990), the N.C. Sedimentation Control Commission (1994–2002), and the N.C. Emergency Response Commission (1987–1992).

Besse is Chair of the Stakeholders Committee of the Piedmont Triad Early Action Compact, a regional clean air coalition,[5] and a member of the N.C. Climate Action Plan Advisory Group since 2006.

Besse has also served as adjunct or visiting faculty at North Carolina State University, Winston-Salem State University, and Duke University, as well as Guilford College, and Forsyth Technical Community College.


  1. ^ NC Board of Elections Official Results
  2. ^ "Progressive Democrats Overwhelmingly Endorse Dan Besse", Blue NC, December 8, 2007, retrieved 2007-12-08 
  3. ^ "Besse Endorsed by Environmental Group", Asheville Citizen-Times, February 6, 2008, retrieved 2011-08-18 
  4. ^ "Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development", Wired, February 2006, archived from the original on March 6, 2007, retrieved February 2006  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Triad Early Action Compact Stakeholder's Group", Piedmont Triad Council of Governments, August 29, 2005, archived from the original on March 7, 2005, retrieved 2005-08-29 

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