Chad West was elected to the Dallas City Council in May 2019 to represent District 1 and the citizens of Oak Cliff. The son of a retired farmer and a teacher/principal, Chad first came to Texas over 20 years ago with the U.S. Army, 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.
Prior to his election to the Dallas City Council, Chad served on the Dallas City Plan Commission from 2017 to 2018. As District 1's representative on the CPC, Chad played key roles in advocating for and drafting ordinances for Live-Work, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs or Granny Flats) and Inclusionary Zoning, all of which are currently being used by Dallas to create more rooftops for residents of all income levels.
In his time on the CPC, Chad also spurred economic development through the creation of the "Little Villages" project, three zoning cases that gave property owners and residents the power to help create zoning that protects their neighborhoods and creates walkable uses.
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 trails to connect all neighborhoods south of I-30.
Chad is a practicing 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 eight-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 also owns and operates express tunnel car washes in the Southern Sector of DFW.
Chad is a dedicated community advocate, and has harnessed his experience as a veteran to coordinate and organize projects that benefit the community. In 2010, Chad co-founded Oak Cliff's signature 5K & 10K charity race, the Dash for the Beads, which raises grant funds to support health, wellness and fitness programs for local youth. In 2017, the Dash for the Beads committee also founded the Last Bag Standing corn hole tournament, which funds local elementary school programs. Chad is a dedicated supporter and advocate for the LGBTQ community in Dallas.
Chad and his partner, Brian, and their two children, Victoria and Preston, live in Stevens Park Estates. Chad is an avid runner, fantasy and science fiction reader, and Texas Tech football fan.