CLINTON — Promising to promote economic growth in East Feliciana Parish if he is elected, Ricky Dawson is a candidate for parish assessor in the Oct. 22 primary election.

Dawson, 60, worked in the Assessor’s Office for 12 years when his father-in-law, the late Carl Bunch, was in office, and missed being in a runoff for the post in 1995 by nine votes.

Dawson is running without party affiliation.

Incumbent H.T. “Bubby” Jackson is not seeking re-election.

Dawson said the opening of a new Mississippi River bridge on La. 10 gives East Feliciana Parish a good opportunity to expand its tax base by helping attract new tax-paying companies to the parish, and he pledged to work with all elected officials to promote economic growth.

Dawson also said he will set up a website to give property owners better access to the office, including information on land sales and information on calculating property taxes.

Dawson is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, where he played football for four years, and has been involved in several business ventures. He said he also travels the country as a motivational speaker for high school and college sports teams and corporate clients.

He and his wife of 38 years, the former Carletta Bunch, have two children and five grandchildren. He attends Bluff Creek Methodist Church and First Baptist Church in Jackson.