Baird Welch-Collins
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Baird Welch-Collins

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. 

Political Experience

  • Re-Elected to Waterford's Representative Town Meeting (District 2) in 2019. 
  • Appointed to the RTM's Public Protection and Safety Committee in 2019. 
  • Elected to Waterford's Representative Town Meeting (District 2) in 2017.
  • Appointed to the RTM's Public Health, Recreation, and Environment Committee in 2017.
  • Appointed to the RTM's Finance, Wage, and Personnel Committee in 2017.
  • Appointed to the Town's Long Range Fiscal Planning Committee in 2018.
  • Appointed to Waterford Flood & Erosion Control Board by the Board of Selectmen in 2016.
          - Elected as Treasurer of the Flood & Erosion Control Board in 2017.
  • Appointed a Justice of the Peace with term beginning in 2017.
  • Candidate for Representative Town Meeting (District 2) in 2015.

2018 Endorsements for State Representative

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 RevolutionAFSCME Council 4, the National Association of Social Workers, NARAL CTRun 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 ClubIn 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.