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Assemblywoman Barrett faces early primary challenge

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE- A Democratic challenger has already launched her campaign opposing long-time Assembly Member Didi Barrett’s reelection, only six-months into her term and only days after new electoral districts were released for the State Assembly.  Community Activist and member of the Colombia County Board of Supervisors Claire Cousin declared her intentions while attending a protest outside the incumbent’s office this past week.

“I think people are tired of the run-of-the-mill politicians.  I think they want someone who is still having many of the issues they want advocated,” said Cousins.  “I am not far removed from the issues that I speak on.”

Despite what strengths Barrett brings to the table, Democratic primaries in the Hudson Valley have not always been easy affairs for long time incumbents.  Just last year, progressive Sarahana Shrestha defeated Assemblyman Kevin Cahill by running a powerful grassroots campaign fueled by environmental activists from “For the Many” a local activist group.  Notably, several members of the same organization were present for Cousins’ announcement.



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