Baird Welch-Collins is a two-term member of Waterford's Representative Town Meeting, the Treasurer of Waterford's Flood and Erosion Control Board, and a member of Waterford's Long Range Fiscal Planning Committee. Baird currently works as a social studies teacher in the Lebanon Public School District and formerly worked as a Violence Prevention Educator for Safe Futures in New London. A third-generation Waterford resident and graduate of Connecticut College, Baird is running for State Representative in the 38th House District.
Baird is proud to have been endorsed by the Democratic Party of Connecticut, the Waterford Green Party, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood Votes, Our Revolution, AFSCME Council 4, the National Association of Social Workers, NARAL CT, Run for Something, the UAW, the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut, People for the American Way, the Connecticut Police & Fire Union, Democracy for America, and the Sierra Club. In addition to these endorsements, Baird was also given the "Honor Roll" distinction by the Connecticut Education Association and the "Gun Sense Candidate Distinction" by Mom's Demand Action.
Baird received public support from community members including Waterford resident John Connor, Selectman Marc Balestracci, RTM Minority Leader (D) Susan Driscoll, RTM Minority Leader (G) Joshua Steele Kelly, RTM Member Michael Stankov, and former Selectwoman and Board of Finance Member Cheryl Larder.