Who: Travis Marion, 28, mayor of Rising Sun.
In 2014, Marion became Rising Sun’s youngest mayor. One of Marion’s passion projects while in public service has been promoting the local parks system. A former parks and recreation commissioner, Marion has managed construction of Triangle Dog Park, a wetlands observation area and renovation of Veterans Community Park.
Marion has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Cecil County Mayors Drug Task Force, Cecil County Economic Development Commission, Maryland Mayors Association, Maryland Municipal Leagues Communication Committee and the Cecil County Broadband Task Force.
He is a 2005 Rising Sun High School graduate, and currently attending Wilmington University to study government and public policy. He already holds a bachelor’s in history from Wilmington University.
Personal style: Marion said he’s not sure how to describe his style, but anyone who’s ever met the mayor could probably sum it up in one word – Vans.
“Vans, I wear Vans with everything,” Marion admitted.
And he does.
He has close to 40 pairs of Vans – from patterns to solids and prints. If attending a meeting or government function, he will go more conservative with solid colors.
“When I visit the schools in our county, the kids are always commenting, or taking photos of them. In a world of sometimes government stuffiness and political posturing, Vans just show a little of my personality,” he explained.
He even has a special pair of black leather Vans that read “Mayor Marion” and were created by Desiree Davis (who was named Rising Sun Citizen of the Year for 2014) shortly after he was elected. They are his “suit and tie Vans” and have been worn in meetings with the governor.
Beyond his shoes, you can usually see him in a mix of casual and business attire, depending on the occasion.
Best recent purchase: Marion recently bought an Apple Watch, the wearable tech piece that can do everything from answer a phone call or email to track exercise.
“The thing is amazing,” he said.
Jewelry: In addition to his fancy watch, Marion wears a Live Lokai bracelet, the unisex bracelets made with white and black beads at opposite ends. The black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea — the lowest point on the planet — while the white bead is filled with water sourced from Mount Everest — the highest point on the planet. Ten percent of the profits from the bracelets go to partnering charities.
He also wears a green Donate Life bracelet, which promotes organ donation. Marion said he wears it to honor Ben Larsen. On Sept. 19, 2012, the 17-year-old Conowingo boy was riding his motorcycle to work on Red Toad Road when he was struck by an oncoming motorist.
Style advice: “Be yourself, don’t be scared to take chances with your style, and don’t try to always fit in.”
Lifestyles: When he’s not at town hall, Marion said he’s usually at the gym or spending time with his Labrador retriever, Lincoln. Favorite bands to listen to include The Weekend, Coldplay and Cole Swindell.
Ever the supporter of his town, he encouraged folks to come check out Rising Sun’s upcoming spring and summer events.
“From Movies in the Park to Rising Sun Chamber’s Sunfest, we cannot wait for warmer weather,” he said.
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