Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Democrats Choose Didi Barrett for 103rd Assembly seat

The Columbia County Democrats have chosen Didi Barrett of Millbrook to run for the open seat in the 103rd Assembly District seat vacated by Marcus Molinaro. Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the special election to be held on Tuesday, March 20.

Towns in the 103rd AD in Columbia County include Ancram, Copake, Hillsdale, Hudson, Greenport, Claverack, Stockport, Ghent, Austerlitz and Canaan. Barrett ran in 2010 for the State Senate seat currently held by Steven Saland.

Barrett, who lives in Millbrook with her husband and two children, has been a leader in the Hudson Valley not-for-profit community for over two decades. She is a member of the Millbrook Education Foundation and helped launch the Dutchess Girls Collaborative. In addition, Didi Barrett is currently a board member of the Anderson Center for Autism Foundation and the North East Dutchess Community Fund.

Columbia County Democratic Party Chairwoman, Cyndy Hall said, “Didi Barrett will be an effective voice for good jobs and economic development for the people of our district. She will work hard to help middle class families who are struggling during this difficult economy. We are fortunate to have a strong candidate for the Assembly; someone who can work with both sides of the aisle to get things done.”

The 103rd AD also includes part of Dutchess County. Elisa Sumner, Chair of the Dutchess County Democrats said, “Didi has shown herself to be a leader in our community. Since running in 2010, she has continued her work helping non-profits and highlighting the contributions and challenges of local farmers. Her roots go back decades and we look forward to sending her to Albany to represent us.”

Barrett said she was honored by the nomination and touched by the outpouring of support of her candidacy. “I am committed to fighting for the people of Columbia and Dutchess Counties and to bringing the resources to our towns that will create good jobs, control taxes and bring relief from unfunded mandates. I will continue to be a passionate advocate for this beautiful region and help us realize the potential of our agriculture and natural resources as economic engines and job generators.”

“This is an important election for us here in Columbia County. I encourage everyone to get out and vote on March 20 and if you need to register to vote, do it today, said Hall.” The Board of Elections is located at 401 State Street in Hudson.