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Former fire chief officially announces supervisor bid

Ray Owen of Vernon Hill formally announced his candidacy for the ED-3 seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

A resident in ED-3 for 41 years, Owen has been involved in his community as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and served on two occasions as chief of the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department.

He has represented the district on the Halifax County Planning Commission and Halifax County Transportation Safety Commission for over 15 years and is a member of the Highway 501 Coalition working to secure upgrades for Highway 501 to Lynchburg.

Owen retired in 2010 from Climate Control, Inc. after 35 years of service.

A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and Desert Storm, Owen retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the United States Naval Reserve in 2003.

He is a member of Beth Car Baptist Church.

In announcing his bid for supervisor, Owen said, “I’ve enjoyed serving Election District 3 on the Halifax County Planning Commission and the Halifax County Transportation Safety Commission, and I would consider it an honor and privilege to represent the citizens of ED-3 as their supervisor promoting a strong voice for job creations, quality education and vocational opportunities for our students and supporting advances in agriculture and the infrastructure required to move Halifax County from a good county to a great county.”

Owen said he is looking forward to meeting the citizens of ED-3, hearing their concerns and getting the opportunity to see positive things happen in Halifax County.

In the Nov. 5 election, Owen will face opposition from Halifax County School Transportation Coordinator Earl Womack and former School Board member Arthur Reynolds Sr.

Current ED-3 Supervisor William Fitzgerald announced last month he had no plans of seeking a fourth term on the board.