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Democrats back Barret for 1st Berkshire District seat


State House News Service
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Adams Mayor John Barret emerged from four candidates in Tuesday’s primary as the Democratic nominee to fill the seat vacated by the June death of Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.

Barrett served as mayor of North Adams for more than 25 years, leaving office in 2009 after he was not elected to a 14th consecutive term.

“It’s been a long eight years for me, but I’m back,” Barrett told supporters Tuesday night at Mingo’s Sports Bar and Grill in North Adams, according to the Berkshire Eagle.

He will face Republican Christine Canning Wilson of Lanesborough, who last year ran unsuccessfully for state Senate, in the Nov. 7 special election.

“John Barrett will be a bold, progressive voice for the working families and residents of the 1st Berkshire District and will continue to build upon the work of the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, including increasing access to broadband and investing in programs to support and sustain local industries,” Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford said in a statement.