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Collins Accepts GOP Nomination in the 117th District

May 29, 2024
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Collins Accepts GOP Nomination in the 117th District

Republican delegates from Milford, Orange, and West Haven came together at the Milford City Parsons Government Center on Thursday night, unanimously endorsing Ray Collins III as their candidate for State Representative in the 117th district.

In his acceptance speech, Collins emphasized the value of community service and the need for immediate leadership to succeed outgoing State Representative Charles Ferraro.  “The residents of the 117th deserve a dedicated advocate, just as Representative Ferraro has been,” said Collins.  “Our communities seek safety, tax relief, and an education system that equips our children for a brighter future.  Together, we can achieve these objectives.”

Collins brings a wealth of experience, chairing the Police Commission in West Haven and serving as Vice Chair of the Emergency Response Services Commission.  His eight years on the Board of Education have granted him invaluable insights into the educational challenges facing our communities.

State Rep. Ferraro, endorsing Collins, stated, “Ray possesses not only the requisite experience, but also the ability to prioritize community needs over political agendas.”  “Community service runs deep in Ray’s family, with his father holding this seat for nearly two decades,” Ferraro added.  “Ray is intimately familiar with our communities, residents, businesses, and their concerns.  Let’s rally behind Ray and ensure his victory this November.”

In addition to his official capacities, Collins actively engages with his community, having coached youth sports, and serving as a Trustee at the West Haven City Point Yacht Club.  Collins lives in the West Shore section of West Haven with his wife Mara.  He is the proud father of Raymond Collins IV, his two stepdaughters Marina Amorim and Raquel Matias, and grandfather of five.

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