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Collins Files Paperwork to Run for State Rep in 117th District, Ferraro Backs Candidacy

July 2, 2024
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Ray Collins

Residents in Milford, Orange, and West Haven will have a new choice to make this election on who will serve them in the 117th General Assembly seat.  With State Representative Charles Ferraro’s recent announcement that he will retire at the end of his term, Ray Collins III has kicked off his campaign to succeed him in the General Assembly.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Ray Collins Jr, who served the district for two decades, Ray Collins III brings a legacy of dedication and a deep-rooted commitment to the community.

“Charlie Ferraro did a tremendous job representing the district for ten years, his leadership and dedication to our district have made a lasting impact,” said Collins.  “I am committed to building on his and my father’s legacy and continuing the tradition of strong representation for the people of the 117th District.”

State Rep. Ferraro offered his enthusiastic support for Collins’ candidacy, stating, “Ray is a proven leader who has dedicated himself to serving our communities.  His commitment to bettering public safety and our education system makes him the ideal candidate to represent the 117th District.  I am proud to endorse Ray and look forward to working with him to make positive changes for the district.”

Collins brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to public service to his campaign.  As the current Chairman of the Police Commission in West Haven, he has demonstrated strong leadership and diligence in ensuring the safety and well-being of residents for the past 14 years.  Additionally, Collins serves as Vice Chair of the West Haven Emergency Response Services Commission, overseeing the 911 dispatchers for the Police and Fire Departments.  His 8-year tenure on the Board of Education has given him valuable insights into the challenges facing our education system and a passion for advocating for quality education for all children.

“Having served in various capacities in our community, I understand the issues that matter most to residents.,” added Collins.  “I am committed to being a voice for all constituents and working tirelessly to address their needs in Hartford.”

Beyond his official roles, Collins has been actively involved in the community for many years, helping coach youth sports and serving as a Trustee at the West Haven City Point Yacht Club.  In addition, he works full-time at Brescome Barton as a sales representative and shop steward in UFCW local 2D.

Ray 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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