Race is on in 26th District: Collins challenges Tercyak

Published on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:50
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - Voters will have the chance to re-elect or vote out the city’s entire delegation to the General Assembly this fall.

Here’s a look at who’s in the running to represent the 26th House District next session.

Peter Tercyak, Democrat

First elected in 2003, Tercyak has represented the 26th District - located entirely in New Britain - for the last 15 years.

He said he has been paying particular attention to his party’s prospective gubernatorial candidates.

“I’m looking for a candidate who’s going to support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, who will support paid family medical leave and workers’ rights,” Tercyak told The Herald on Monday. “Those are issues I care about.”

Tercyak said health care is another topic he considers important.

“I’m glad we passed a bill that preserves the essential health mandates that are in the Affordable Care Act,” Tercyak said, referring to a bill that passed in the House last week and the Senate on Monday.

Tercyak said he’s proud to have been a part of the legislature that passed a bill allowing parents to keep their children on their insurance until they’re 26 years old, even before the Affordable Care Act implemented the same mandate.

The representative called that one of the more popular parts of the ACA.

“America will catch up to Connecticut,” Tercyak said.

The city’s Democratic Town Committee won’t officially endorse candidates until its next meeting later this month, but Chairman Bill Shortell said the committee fully supports the city’s current Democratic delegation.

“We do good things in Connecticut and I’m very interested in keeping the work moving forward,” Tercyak said.

Tremell Collins, Republican

A former alderman, Collins has been active in New Britain politics for years. A member and former chairman of the city’s Fire Commission, Collins was endorsed by the Republican Town Committee on May 1 for the 26th District race.

“I’ve noticed there’s been a lack of bipartisanship and working together as far as our current state delegation with the city,” Collins told The Herald last week.

Collins said the current delegation doesn’t represent the city as well as it could. He said his managerial experience in retail is one of his strengths as a candidate.

“That’s another piece the state needs, and definitely here in the city - support and pushing for small businesses as well as larger businesses that we want to stay here in the state,” Collins said.

The slogan for Collins’ campaign is “A fresh face, a fresh start.”

“My opponent, Peter Tercyak, has been in office a very long time, and with the way the state is going now it’s starting to change,” Collins said. “We need to go in a new direction - the right direction - and I think that’s something I can help bring to the table.”

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at sfrazer@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:50. Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:53.