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Cabell Magistrate candidate: John R. Dennison (D)

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

PARTY: Democrat

HOME CITY: Huntington


E-MAIL ADDRESS: footballzebra@frontier.com

WEBSITE:  JohnDennisonfor Magistrate.com

PERSONAL STATEMENT: As a life time resident of Cabell County, our community is very important to me. Growing up I had many mentors, along with my family, that molded me into the person I am today. I am a strong advocate in paying back to our community what it has given me. As an active coach in multiple sports and as an official, I am able to help mold the youth of today with positive norms and values. As a husband, a father, and a Democrat, I believe we can make Cabell County a better place.


AGE: 42

EDUCATION: Huntington High School-Diploma, Marshall University-BA in Business Administration, Marketing and Business Management and a Minor in Criminal Justice.


OTHER WORK HISTORY: Penske Truck Leasing 1997-2010, Milton Police Department 1995-1996, Alltel Corp. 1993-1997.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Elks Lodge 313, American Legion Post #93 SAL, Lebanon Lodge #68 Milton (Blue Lodge), Tri-County #51 R.A.M., Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Huntington, WVSSAC Official, OHSAA Official, River Cities Football, UIFL Official, Little League 3 Manager, Huntington High School Baseball Volunteer Coach, Huntington Middle School Football Assistant Coach, Huntington Middle School Basketball Assistant Coach, Douglass-Commack Youth Football League Coach, Tri-State Youth Football League (Assistant Commissioner) and River Cities Football Association (Vice-President).

FAMILY: Wife, Valorie S. Dennison, RN; sons, Jarret Sipple, 24, John Cole Dennison, 14, Aaron Bryce Dennison, 9; parents, Mary Laura Dennison and Dr. Robert R. Dennison Jr.


1. What traits set you apart from the field of candidates and qualify you to be a magistrate?

My education and experience have prepared me to bring balance and fairness to the office. I am community oriented and actively involved as well as motivated to make a positive change for Cabell County. I strive daily to give back to the community that has given me so much.

2. What kinds of experience do you have with law enforcement or the law profession?

My minor in college was Criminal Justice. I attended the WV State Police Academy and served as a Police Officer for the Milton, WV Police Department.

3. How would you make the office more efficient?

I would make the office more efficient by utilizing my time management skills to ensure cases are heard and decisions are made in a timely manner and to ensure that the necessary paperwork is completed properly. Time management is also essential in ensuring the daily docket is completed and cases move forward in the process.

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