A Message From Ed

Community service and public policy have been my life's work.

Over the years I have served on the Boards of the United Way, Goodwill Industries, Child and Family Service, The Regional Employment Board, The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health Westfield State College and the University of Massachusetts and the University of Massachusetts Building Authority.

My professional life has included 16 years as Business Manager and Financial Secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and 25 years as an International Representative of IBEW. During that time I also served as President of the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council and Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

The common thread that has run through these experiences has been my commitment to help people to create economic opportunity and to build stronger communities.

In my job as with the IBEW, I have worked with state legislatures throughout New England to protect and advance economic opportunity and to improve the quality of life for all working families. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to earn my living doing these things that I care deeply about.

I view this State Representative seat as an opportunity to advocate for the interests of the people of Springfield and Chicopee. I am well acquainted with the problems and issues facing both of our cities. I have also seen first-hand what state government can do, or fail to do, in strengthening our communities.

The work I have done both professionally and as a volunteer in community service has prepared me to take on this challenge. My learning curve will not be steep. I am ready to be a strong and effective voice for Springfield and Chicopee in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Our communities deserve nothing less.

I humbly ask for your vote on September 9th.

Ed Collins

 

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