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Joshua Collins Wants to Be the First Openly Autistic Member of Congress

Inspired by Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 Congressional victory in New York, 26-year-old autistic truck driver, Joshua Collins, knew he had to run for political office. Thus, Collins embarked upon a bold challenge to unseat Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) in Washington state’s 10th Congressional District, feeling the incumbent was woefully inadequate on issues like climate change.

When Heck announced his retirement in 2019 (along with a campaign for another office), it culminated in a free-for-all for the open seat in the House, with 19 candidates from multiple political parties running. The 10th Congressional District comprises portions of three counties southwest of Seattle. In Washington state, the top two finishers in

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