US Senator Charles Schumer has endorsed fellow Democrat Didi Barrett for State Assembly in the 103rd District. She is running in the March 20 special election against Republican Richard Wager. The seat was vacated by former Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro when he took over as Dutchess County executive last month.

Schumer made a stop at Barrett’s Red Hook campaign headquarters on Tuesday to lend his support to her campaign. “Didi will fight to protect the best interests of Mid-Hudson families and will not allow influence and money to trump the needs of the middle class,” he said. “Her record of long-standing community involvement and leadership in the region make her the ideal candidate to represent the 103rd Assembly District.”

Barrett said if elected, she would work full time to provide a voice for district residents in state government. “We need a representative in Albany who will put the interests of the middle class above special interests,” she said. “Big corporations get more than their fair share of tax breaks, but it’s the hard-working middle class families and small businesses that really need it.” She noted the MTA payroll tax hurts small businesses and “simply needs to go.”