Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D - Columbia, Dutchess) announced that she will seek re-election to the New York State Assembly in the 106th District. She was first elected in a special election in March of 2012, and was subsequently re-elected in November 2012 and 2014.
“Over the past four and a half years, I have had the privilege of representing this beautiful Hudson Valley Assembly District and the families, farmers and community leaders that make our region one of the finest,” said Barrett. “My top priority has always been advocating for local concerns and I am proud of all we have accomplished. There is still work to be done and that is why I am running for re-election this fall.”
Assemblymember Barrett fought for the middle class by cutting taxes for families and small businesses, investing in our infrastructure to grow our economy, passing paid family leave, raising the minimum wage, delivering record school aid for Hudson Valley schools and ending the GEA. She shares the feelings of many hard working men and women in the region who have had enough of the scandals in state government; she voted to strip crooked politicians of their taxpayer provided pensions and will continue to work to get the corrosive influence of money out of politics.
She passed several initiatives to improve the health and well-being of those in the Hudson Valley. Barrett authored and passed a law to make breast cancer screenings more accessible and removed expensive co-pays and deductibles. She authored a law to allow doctors to prescribe long-term antibiotics to fight chronic Lyme disease and several other bills to increase awareness and prevention. And she is continuing to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic, this year passing a new law limiting opioid prescriptions and increasing access to treatment and recovery services.
Assemblymember Barrett understands work still needs to be done to make the Hudson Valley more affordable for seniors, young people and working families and that there is a real need for good-paying local jobs here in Columbia and Dutchess counties.
“For our region to thrive we need to both encourage young families to put down local roots and keep our longtime residents as active members of our communities,” added Barrett. “You can count on me to keep fighting for the families, farmers, and small businesses that make the Hudson Valley such a very special place to live, work and visit.”
In recognition of her efforts over the last four and a half years, Assemblymember Didi Barrett’s candidacy has been endorsed by several leading unions and organizations including:
• Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York
• NY League of Conservation Voters