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Ronald Collins
Ronald Collins.jpg
Maine State Senate District 2
Incumbent
In office
December 1, 2010-present
Term ends
December 3, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$13,852/year (1st session), $10,082/year (2nd)
Per diem$70/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Maine State House of Representatives
1998-2010
Personal
ProfessionSalesman
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ronald Collins is a Republican member of the Maine State Senate. Collins was elected to represent District 2 on November 2, 2010. Prior to his time in the Senate, Collins served in the Maine House of Representatives and was elected four times, for a total of eight years. During his time in the House, Collins served on the Oversight Committee and the Joint Committee on Transportation.

Ron is an experienced small business owner. He is a former part owner of a food brokerage company located in southern Maine, covering the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Issues

Campaign Themes

Collins' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Transportation

  • Excerpt:"We must strengthen the partnership between the General Fund and the Highway Fund to ensure our roads and bridges are safe."

Education

  • Excerpt:"Education reforms should empower local districts to decide what’s best for their students and communities."

Common Sense Spending

  • Excerpt:"I support a full audit of every government program, especially the Department of Health and Human Services, which consumes about 30% of the state’s general fund spending."

Health Care Costs

  • Excerpt:"I support a review of all state mandates on providers to identify and eliminate mandates that make health care unaffordable for too many Maine families."

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Collins served on these committees:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ronald Collins endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Elections

2012

See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2012

Collins won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the June 12, 2012 Republican primary and defeated Thomas Wright (D) and Richard Burns (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Maine State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Collins Incumbent 45.6% 9,301
     Democratic Thomas Wright 31.2% 6,377
     Independent Richard Burns 23.2% 4,736
Total Votes 20,414

2010

See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2010

Collins defeated Democratic candidate Richard Burns in the November 2 general election. Republican incumbent Richard Nass was not eligible for re-election under Maine's term limits.[4]

Maine State Senate, District
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald Collins (R) 8,591 54%
Richard Burns (D) 6,769 42%
Blank 648 4%

In the June 8th primary election, Collins ran unopposed. [5]

Campaign themes

2010

Collins' campaign website lists several main issues: [6]

  • Transportation - "Transportation is vital to Maine’s economy. Over the next ten years, Maine is expected to have a $3 billion transportation budget hole. We can fill that budget hole, and keep our roads safe with a common sense funding plan that protects our roads and bridges without raising taxes."
  • Education - "Maine spends 25% more per student than the national average, yet our results are mediocre...Maine needs more options, less bureaucracy, and a commitment to prepare our students for success."
  • Spending - "Excessive government spending has resulted in nearly $12 billion in debt for which Maine families are on the hook. Augusta’s tax-and-spend culture must end. I support a full audit of every government program, especially the Department of Health and Human Services, which consumes about 30% of the state’s general fund spending."
  • Health care - "We should have the right to buy health insurance plans available in other states, just like we can with our homeowners, vehicle and life insurance. With more coverage choices, Mainers can find an affordable plan that meets their family’s needs. We must also cut the red tape that drives up insurance costs in Maine. I support a review of all state mandates on providers to identify and eliminate mandates that make health care unaffordable for too many Maine families."

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Collins raised $22,370 in contributions. [7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $20,870 to his campaign.

Personal

Collins has been married for 42 years to his wife Linda. They are both life-long York County residents.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Nass (R)
Maine State Senate District 2
2010–present
Succeeded by
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