Democrat Barrett wins third term
State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett has won a third two-year term representing New York’s 106th Assembly District.
With most districts reporting, Barrett, a Democrat, defeated Copake Councilwoman Theresa “Terry” Sullivan, a Republican, 27,346-22,362.
The 106th Assembly District draws from the southern half of Columbia County — including Germantown, Livingston, Clermont, Taghkanic and Gallatin — and a swath of Dutchess County running southwest from the town of North East to the town of Poughkeepsie, including the Northern Dutchess towns of Milan, Pine Plains, Clinton and Hyde Park.
Barrett, 66, is a former freelance journalist and museum professional with the American Folk Art Museum. She was first elected in 2012 and was unsuccessful in a bid for the state Senate in 2010.
Barrett has lived in the district for 29 years.
Barrett has identified creating jobs and training programs as a priority.
Barrett also has said she would like to develop programs that deal with mental health and substance abuse problems in the region.
Sullivan, 62, is a speech pathologist and audiologist at Community Rehabilitation Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Mass. She has been on the Copake Town Board since 2015.
Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, left, and Terry Sullivan