ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana Police Jury President Ken Dawson is a candidate for the state House of Representatives from District 62 in the Oct. 22 primary election.

The district includes portions of East Feliciana, West Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes. Rep. Tom McVea, R-St. Francisville, represents the district but is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Dawson, 53, has served on the on the Police Jury for nearly four years.

He said he has presided over a boom in public excitement about potential growth in West Feliciana Parish.

Dawson, a Democrat, said he is a strong advocate for traditional family values, limited government, economic development and public safety.

If given the opportunity to serve in the Legislature, Dawson said, he plans to be an advocate for common sense solutions, with a focus on the public education system, the plight of small businesses and the state’s economy.

“I believe the key to economic freedom for every American starts with a good job,” he said.

Dawson is a business owner and employer. He is a graduate of Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

He and his wife, Barbara, live in St. Francisville with their two sons.

He is opposed by Republicans Bob Arnold, Rob Farmer and Kenny Havard and Democrat Ronnie Jett.