Dawson has, in the past, had difficulty identifying himself as a politician. He shares his name with another politician, Michael A. Dawson, who lives on the same street. Over recent years, Michael W. Dawson has become known as "Good Mike" while the other Dawson has become known as "M.A.D. Mike." To resolve any potential confusion during this election cycle, the Board of Elections has permitted "Good Mike" to indicate his nickname on the ballot (Dawson, Michael W. "Good Mike").
Dawson was a 2014 candidate in the Republican party for Register of Wills as well as for a seat on the Cecil County Republican Central Committee.
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