Beginning next year, voters in the Northern District of Essex County will have a new voice with their longtime representative Angelo S. “Jack” Stevens choosing not to run again for county supervisor.
Perhaps that voice will belong to Marvin Collawn, a lifetime resident of the county who has dedicated nearly 30 years of his lifetime to the Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department.
Having worked around the area all of his life, Collawn said he can see the house he was “born and raised in” from where he currently lives on Laytons Landing Road.
Collawn serves as the head coordinator for the Sugar Hill Hunt Club and volunteers as a firefighter from Station 3 in Chance.
“I still run calls today, about just as many calls as those boys run now,” Collawn said.
He saw the opportunity to run for supervisor when he heard that Stevens was stepping down.
“I’ve been wanting to get into this for the last ten years,” said Collawn. “I just decided I wanted to do it.”
With over 50 acres of land deferred in conservation easements as of April 18, 2012, Collawn shared that, as county supervisor, he would work to keep Essex County “like it is.”
He added that he would like to recruit more people to the fire department.
“We don’t have but five people up here running the whole station,” said Collawn. “We need more people to run it and that’s one thing I would like to see.”
To further prepare his platform, Collawn announced his intention to attend the next board of supervisors meeting Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the current issues and ongoing projects in Essex County.