Joe Collins is a 13+ year veteran of the United States Navy. From South Central Los Angeles, he grew up on 104th and Normandie, and knows this district all too well: extreme amounts of Homelessness; Crime; Lack of Quality Education; and High Gang Activity.
On a Sunday afternoon, while Joe was only a freshman in high school, he and his family were spending time at his Grandfather’s church in South Central Los Angeles. While they were away, a drive-by shooting was happening outside their home. Upon returning, they found bullets had made their way through windows and into the cushions of the family sofa. At that moment Joe Collins’ mother made a steadfast decision for her children, and it was one that changed their lives forever. She had decided to move her family to a rural location outside of Dallas; Texas; and area where Joe’s mother still teaches today.
After finishing high school in Texas, Joe made the most important decision of his life, and joined the U.S. Navy. It was in the Navy that hoes proved his mettle, obtained in-depth knowledge of jet engines and shared that knowledge with his shipmates. He worked on and trained thousands of sailors on many types of aircrafts including the F-18 Super Hornet, E6 Mercury, and MH60 Sea-hawk. As a leader in uniform he obtained many certifications, among them he became a licensed financial planning professional and certified counselor for rape and sexual assault victims. He then went on to become a Navy recruiter, all while earning numerous honors and awards. He enjoyed being a recruiter, as it was a role whereby he had the pleasure of jump-starting the careers of many who have since gone on to become young American leaders. Joe proudly served during the successful campaign of Operation Iraqi freedom and, although he left the Navy in later 2017, he has maintained a steadfast commitment toward serving his country and is running for Congress. Joe knows he can better serve the American people, and become a young role model for children of inner cities in a leadership role that directly represents them and can make a positive impact.
After the divisiveness and rhetoric of the 2016 elections, Joe Collins empathized with many young Americans, and still feels the aftermath of that highly polarized climate exhibited today. the media have created unnecessary anger, the gap between party lines has become much more difficult to bridge, nobody has listened with an empathetic ear, and most have been simple talking without purpose or plan for the future.
As he has already taken an oath to defend our country and its people, the decision to run for office and serve as Congressman to defend those without a voice in California’s 43rd District was an easy one for Joe, and it is one he takes very seriously. Joe Collins unwaveringly supports the Constitution of the United States of America and promotes fair treatment, equality, and respect for all citizens of our great country. Americans, deserve a leader who will fight for them, and Californians need a leader who will bring value and opportunity back to the South Los Angeles community