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Election candidate profile: Greg Lawson

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13. We are running brief profiles from candidates who have filled out our questionnaire. For answers to more questions from this candidate and others, visit Herald-Dispatch.com. Click Elections 2014, then "West Virginia candidates and profiles." If a candidate has submitted his or her profile information and questions, the candidate's name will link to that information. Candidates' replies appear as they were submitted and have not been edited.

NAME: Greg Lawson

CANDIDATE FOR: Cabell County Magistrate

DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: Magistrates issue arrest and search warrants, hear misdemeanor cases, conduct preliminary examinations in felony cases and hear civil cases with $5,000 or less in dispute. Magistrates also issue emergency protective orders in cases involving domestic violence. The office's salary is $57,500.

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Barboursville.


AGE: 60

EDUCATION: Graduated from Milton High School in 1971, and have a B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from the Kingsbridge University online.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: I am retired from both the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection

OTHER WORK HISTORY: U.S. Army in 1975-1997, began law enforcement with the W.V. State Police, then U.S. Customs and U.S. Customs and Border protection.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: American Legion, Governor's Substance Abuse Task Force.

QUESTION & ANSWER: How would you make the office more efficient?

"I would like to see the courts be more on time and not have people sitting around for hours waiting to be seen. I would like to see remote court rooms in other parts of the county to prevent the people from having to travel so far and spend so much to attend court."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Lawson faces John Dennison, John Ray Rice II, Opal Sanders, Brittany Nicole McIntyre and Rondall "Ron" Baumgardner in the Democratic primary for one open magistrate seat.

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