Chad West was elected by residents of Oak Cliff to the Dallas City Council in May 2019. The son of a retired farmer and a teacher/principal, Chad is originally from a small town in Illinois. The Army paid for him to go to college and eventually brought him to Texas in 1999 where he first served at Fort Sam Houston and later traveled overseas to Hungary and Bosnia. After completing his military tour, Chad was honorably discharged as a combat veteran and attended law school at Texas Tech School of Law, where he graduated with honors.
In his time on Council, Chad has advocated for funding for after-school programming for teens and for access passes for students to Dallas cultural and arts facilities, and he tasked City staff with reopening the City's antiquated Parking Code to consider new mobility alternatives such as Uber and Lyft. In October 2019, Mayor Johnson appointed Chad as Chair of the City's Housing and Homelessness Solutions Committee, tasked with shaping policy aimed at providing more affordable units in the City such as creation of a fee-in-lieu program and moving forward the plans to utilize the City's land bank to create more affordable housing. In this role, Chad has launched a faith-based initiative aimed at creating transitional housing for homeless individuals that, if approved, would be the first of its kind in the nation. Chad also has worked with the City's Development Advisory Committee on improving the building permitting process for new and rehab development.
Prior to his election to City Council, Chad served on the Dallas City Plan Commission from 2017 to 2018. On CPC, Chad was a key advocate for and drafter of ordinances for Live-Work, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs or Granny Flats) and Inclusionary Zoning, all of which are currently being used by the City of Dallas today to create more rooftops for residents of all income levels.
Chad is a past representative (2012 and 2017) on the city's Bond Task Force where he worked to secure funding for Oak Cliff streets, renovations at Kidd Springs Park and expansion of the Coombs Creek Trail. Chad continues to advocate for expansion of the trail over to Davis Street via Plymouth with plans to eventually connect the trail to the Martin Weiss Recreation Center.
A U.S. Army combat veteran and 2006 honors graduate of Texas Tech School of Law, Chad is a practicing personal injury and criminal defense attorney. He opened his own law practice in 2010 in Oak Cliff and has won numerous awards for his legal advocacy. He is a five-time D Magazine "Best Lawyer," an nine-year "Readers Choice Awardee" for the Dallas Voice, a five-year selectee as "Rising Star" for Texas Super Lawyers, and he was selected as the 2012 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers – Outstanding Lawyer of the Year.
Chad bought his first home south of the Trinity River over a decade ago. Since that time, he has become a dedicated community advocate, harnessing his experience as a veteran to coordinate and organize projects that benefit the community. In 2010, Chad co-founded Oak Cliff's signature 5K and 10K charity race, the Dash for the Beads, which raises grant funds to support health, wellness and arts programming for local youth. In 2017, the Dash for the Beads committee also founded the Last Bag Standing corn hole tournament, which provides funding for local youth programming. In addition to his neighborhood advocacy, Chad is a dedicated supporter and advocate for the LGBTQ community in Dallas.
Chad and his family live in North Oak Cliff. He is an avid runner, fantasy and science fiction reader, and Texas Tech football fan.
- Housing and Homelessness Solutions, Chair
- Economic Development
- Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- Judicial Nominating Committee
- Regional Transportation Council