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David McCauley for Buckhannon City Council

Editorial Feature: Get to Know Your Candidates

David W. McCauley -

Buckhannon City Council Candidate

***Named Mayor of the Year in 2019 by the West Virginia Municipal League!***

A Message from Dave :

"... If elected, we'll get back to doing these kinds of projects, cleaning up blighted areas, planting lots of trees, flowers, shrubs; we'll recognize the folks who contribute to our community's progressive ways; we'll embrace our youth; we'll celebrate our arts, culture, & history; we'll make our downtown more accommodating than ever to seniors & those mobility challenged; we'll be attentive to the details- just as when I was mayor, as a council member, I'll be here everyday- visible, engaged, planning, leading, contributing & making a positive difference- did I mention everyday? Please help elect PASSIONATE Dave! I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty."


As Mayor of Buckhannon, several important initiatives were undertaken, including removal of the platform in Council chambers, reopening of the Public Safety Complex parking lot, the College Avenue sidewalk project, the Trader’s Alley/Milkman Lane project, the Bicentennial celebration, exterior improvements to the Public Safety Complex, grant awards or applications to realize the Gateway West and River Walk Trail project extensions, recognition of many persons in our community for having accomplished great things, addiction & recovery initiatives, greeted first event sponsored by B-U Pride (LGBTQ) Group, Stockert Youth Center improvements, water & sewer system improvements, sustainability initiatives, embracement of the wildflower project, opened the City dog park, acquired the Colonial Theatre, started Truck Fest, the Hope And Help Assembly (HAHA), and Fall Fest.

One of Mr. McCauley's proudest accomplishments was when Buckhannon became the first all ADA-Compliant downtown in West Virginia through our collaboration with the State DOH.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (1983-present) Professor & General Legal Counsel, Director MBA Program (1994-99); well more than 100 former students are now Bar members. Buckhannon City Attorney for more than 32 years. As City Atty. drafted 200 ordinances; facilitated Walmart & Lowes establishing stores in Buckhannon; instrumental in the development of City’s Public Safety Complex & River Trail; presenter WV Municipal League annual convention “Ethics in Municipal Government.”


Orchestrated City’s acquisition & operation of Stockert Youth Center; facilitated grassroots citizen effort to pass series of school levies in Upshur County; Co-founder of Upshur Community Alcohol Reduction Effort (UCARE, 2008); Past Pres. Buckhannon Lions; Past Pres. of the Buckhannon Main Street Project; Past VP Upshur United Way; Past Bd. Member WV Strawberry Festival & B-U Work Adjustment Ctr.; honored in April of 2013 by West Virginia State Bar as a Bar Fellow, the award bestowed “upon lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession.” Named Mayor of the Year in 2019 by the WV Municipal League.


Native of Wheeling, WV; son of Patricia and David A. McCauley; daughter Ashley & son Connor; stepchildren Brianna, Kelsey, & Brandin; grandchildren Colten, Casen, Keslyn, Gianna, Anthony, Braylee & Sawyer.

The West Virginia Municipal League Mayor of the Year - 2019


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