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State Rep. Seat Sought by LR Attorney-Businessman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A local attorney and businessman has announced he is running for State House District 35.

Andrew Collins is seeking the Democratic nomination.

The seat is open due to State Representative Clarke Tucker’s decision to not seek re-election. 

“Politicians, pundits, and social media can make America seem hopelessly divided and unable to find common ground. But we Arkansans have a lot in common. We value education, opportunity, and safe neighborhoods. We stand up for decency in our private lives, and long for it in the public sphere. I’m running for State Representative because I want to help strengthen our educational system, ensure economic opportunity for all, work to secure our quality of life, and restore decency to our political process,” Collins said in a campaign announcement issued Wednesday. 

“My family and teachers taught me the value of service to others and I have strived to mirror their examples of community service. That is why, after college, I joined AmeriCorps VISTA to build the capacity of soup kitchens and food pantries to tackle hunger and poverty issues at the grassroots level. I learned a lot about what life is like for those on the margins of society, and it sparked a lifelong passion to try to find smart solutions to some of our toughest problems. I’ve served locally in various capacities because I believe we must all do our part to strengthen the bonds of our community,” Collins continued. 

“We Arkansans have a lot in common in several important areas. But even where there's consensus on a path forward, we need leaders who can listen to constituents, tune out the noise, and deliver sound policy solutions. I'm running to help cut through the noise and focus on real issues that matter in people's lives. We need smart leadership in service of our common values. Because there's work to be done, and no more time to waste. I’m ready to work for the people of Little Rock,” he also stated in the announcement. 

Collins grew up in Little Rock. He attended Duke University, graduating in 2005 with a double major in history and public policy studies. After college, he worked through AmeriCorps VISTA at the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. He later attended Columbia Law School. After passing the bar, his legal practice focused on helping companies understand and navigate the complexities of the health care system. 

He currently works as chief operating officer of Cypress Properties, a real estate development and management company. 

Andrew served as the 2016-2017 Board President of Our House, a nationally recognized program for homeless and near-homeless families and individuals. He and his wife Meghan chaired Our House's Dinner on the Grounds event in 2013. He is currently chair of the Our House strategic planning committee. Among other community activities, Andrew is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXII, serves on the board of the Heights Neighborhood Association, and volunteers in Little Rock public schools through the VIPS program. 

Click here for his campaign website.

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