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Meet The Newly Elected Rep. Rich Collins

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MILLSBORO, De. - It's now been over a month since the elections that brought in a wave of new faces to the Delaware General Assembly. One of those Republican newcomers that beat out a long time Democrat Incumbent was Rep. Rich Collins.

Collins won his race for House District 41, over long-time incumbent John Atkins. On Friday, WBOC caught up with Collins to talk to him about his victory, his plans, and about the obstacles that Delaware is facing.

Below are excerpts from a much larger interview. To get access to the entire interview, you can visit www.wboc.com

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QUESTION 1: Tell us about your background? How does it prepare you for the position? 

"Lived in Sussex County almost my entire life. I'm a native of Sussex County. Have three children, five grandchildren. They live in Millsboro."

"Have a lot of experience working with legislators, going into the general assembly, working on bills, and really doing a lot of what I'm going to be doing as a legislature." 

QUESTION 2: What does the position mean to you? 

"I only do what I think is the right thing to do. And what I truly believe in is the vision of our founders of a nation that has a lot of individual liberty, a lot of individual responsibility, and a lot of opportunities for everyone." 

QUESTION 3: What are your goals as representative? 

"Two things I really want to do. One is restore the economy. And the other is restore our liberties."

"People are understanding that year after year after year - the economy is not doing what it needs to be doing. Which of course also means there aren't enough jobs, people are falling out of the middle class."

"People understand that there are more and more people in government that think they have the power to rule us, to tell us how we have to live our lives, that we can do things based on what they want us to do. And I think both of those things cause the great political upheaval we just saw."

QUESTION 4: How do you plan to fill the shoes of John Atkins, who is a longtime incumbent?

"I want to compliment him on his constituent service. He was very good there. And I am doing my best to do the absolute best I can do and I would invite anyone to stop in here at the office any time." 

"I think I have a vision for what needs to be done in this country. And this state - I should say. Because Americans are a special breed. This is a special place. And I believe it's the greatest country created on the face of the earth."

"I want to get government to stop micro-managing our lives. Help create a level playing field so everyone can get in there and compete and make a better life for themselves."

QUESTION 5: What are some of the major obstacles in the state and the county?

"The single biggest obstacle we have is the bureaucratic mindset. And that would be for the state, the county, and the country."

"They start imposing rules and cost for their convenience. Not for the betterment of the people. And I truly believe that right now where we are, we have such a heavy weight of regulation on us in every area that we can't simply shake off the chains and get this economy moving again."

QUESTION 6: What do you hope to achieve in year one? 

"I don't expect to pass a lot of bills in the first year partly because of the way politics is played. We have an overwhelming majority by the one party. My party is in the minority. And frankly the way the game is played, they don't let the minority party pass many bills. But there are many ways to influence legislation. And frankly if I've got a good idea, I'm going to give it to someone who is in the majority party and ask them to do it. Because I am interested in results. Not just getting credit for something." 
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