The Millerton News today endorsed Didi Barrett for State Senate in the 41st District. The excerpt about this race is copied below. To read the full article, click here .
“The 41st District in the State Senate race has also been pretty active, with Democrat Didi Barrett facing off against longtime incumbent, Republican Stephen Saland. Barrett has been touted a “citizen candidate,” and has been active in nonprofit work for more than two decades. Her goal is to alleviate the burdens of property taxes; she also wants to work on the “dysfunctional culture” in Albany. Barrett also plans to cut waste, before slashing important services. Her work with women’s groups has also been vitally important and the role she’s set for young girls throughout the region is to be lauded. Saland, meanwhile, has served in office for 22 years. During that time he has accomplished much, including securing millions for economic development, infrastructure and for local schools and libraries. But while Saland has an impressive track record, it’s not perfect. He voted against raising minimum wage (while increasing his own annual salary by $36,000) and voted against the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Yes, Saland has done much for the region, but our endorsement is for Barrett — given the chance we believe she could make life in the Hudson Valley even better. The fact that she’s from Millbrook, and will bring more focus to the northeastern part of the county, only adds to her appeal from our point of view.”