The Picayune Item
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Steve Colson has announced his candidacy and released this statement.)
I am Steve Colson, a long-time resident of Pearl River County, and I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Alderman for the City of Poplarville.
My adult life has been spent in positions that offer care to others, and I believe my career choices have helped prepare me for seeking public office — the opportunity to serve my fellow citizens is a natural next step for me.
I began my career in health care in 2003 as an emergency room tech at Forrest General Hospital while attending nursing school. After graduating from Pearl River Community College with an Associate's Degree in Nursing in 2006, I worked as a registered nurse at Forrest General.
I joined the staff of the Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home in 2008 and believe I have the best job in the world. I serve as the Director of Staff Development and Community Outreach, where I teach other health care professionals life-saving techniques. I also recruit students to a career in health care as well as providing health education for the community.
I served as a volunteer firefighter for the Derby-Whitesand Volunteer Fire Department from 1995 to 2005, where I served as Assistant Fire Chief from 2001-2002. While at Derby-Whitesand, I participated on a team that raised funds to build a new fire station and purchase two new fire trucks. I then served as a part-time firefighter for over five years with the City of Poplarville.
I recently was nominated by the PRCC ADN program faculty for the 2013 Associate Degree of Nursing Professional Nurse of the Year Award.
I believe Poplarville is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I believe the residents of Poplarville are ready for new leaders with new ideas. My desire is to serve the public in an honest, forth-right manner and to do my best to make good, informed decisions for our city while fulfilling the fiscal responsibilities of the office.
My wife, Christy, and children, Seth and Luke, join me in my desire to help move our great City forward, and I respectfully ask for your support on May 7.