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Baird Welch-Collins announces candidacy for state representative

Waterford — Representative Town Meeting member Baird Welch-Collins has announced he will be running for state representative of the 38th District, encompassing Waterford and southern Montville.

Welch-Collins is in the midst of his second term on the RTM. He declared his state House candidacy at Tuesday's Democratic Town Committee meeting.

In a news release sent out Tuesday, he explained his desire to run. "This area has gone for many years without a proactive voice in Hartford," it read. "Our transportation infrastructure is unacceptable — I-95 and Rte. 395 are woefully — and dangerously — unsuited for the traffic they carry on a daily basis. Montville and Waterford continue to lose well-deserved municipal funding for schools and roads while the share of pension and insurance costs keep climbing."

Welch-Collins' other priorities include improving lackluster business development, and planning for the future of Millstone Nuclear Power Plant.

In 2018, he ran for the same seat, losing by fewer than 400 votes to current state Rep. Kathleen McCarty, R-Waterford.

Welch-Collins is a graduate of Connecticut College. He has lived in Waterford his whole life. He is currently a Lyman Memorial High School social studies teacher in Lebanon, as well as a violence prevention educator at Safe Futures, a New London-based organization that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and provides educational programs.

s.spinella@theday.com

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