Endorsements

AFL-CIO, NYSUT, CWA 1126, UAW Region 9, Sierra Club, New York League of Conservation Voters, Sustainable Otsego, Caring Majority Rising, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, Family Planning of South Central New York, Capital Women, New York State Young Democrats, Congressman Paul Tonko, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Former State Senator Darryl Aubertine, Otsego County Representative Danny Lapin, Tony Desmond, Zach Reinhart, Worcester Town Supervisor Don Lindberg, Homer Mayor Hal McCabe, Don Barber, Cayuga County Democrats, Cortland County Democrats, Delaware County Democrats, Otsego County Democrats, Ulster County Democrats, Cherry Valley Democrats

Clifford Hay

Chair

Schoharie County Democratic Committee

“For decades, Jim has been an anchor in the Schoharie County community. From providing the very best produce grown on his family farm to his service on the local school board and at the USDA, Jim has the experience and commitment to get things done and will make an excellent state senator. And as the only full time farmer in the State Senate, he will bring an important voice.”

Darrel Aubertine

Former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agricutlure and Markets

Former New York State Senator

“I am very happy to endorse Jim in his candidacy for the New York State Senate. I have known Jim for many years through our work together representing farmers and our rural communities. With his government and public service experience, I know that Jim will be an excellent advocate for farmers and upstate communities in the New York State Senate, and will bring a thoughtful, measured approach to policy. He has my full support.”

Congressman Paul Tonko

New York's 20th Congressional District

"We have in Jim Barber, a candidate who would be the first working farmer in the State Senate. It's a great opportunity."

Tim Perfetti

Chair

Cortland County Democratic Committee

“We see in Jim Barber a candidate who truly understands the needs of our upstate communities, small business owners, and working people. He knows first hand that our rural communities can thrive with smart investments and policies that make government work better for regular people.”

Danny Lapin

Otsego County Legislator

"I am proud to endorse Jim Barber for New York State Senate in the 51st District. I have worked with Jim on agricultural issues in Otsego County and believe that he has the business acumen, policy knowledge, and skill set necessary to represent Otsego County in the Senate majority."

Cherry Valley Democratic Committee

Co Chairs, Kat Chiba & Dennis Laughlin

“With his deep roots in our rural communities and his many years of public service, Jim Barber is the right person to represent us in the State Senate. He understands that we need to have a strong voice advocating for our small towns and villages, making sure that we get the resources that we need. Cherry Valley Democrats are proud to unanimously endorse Jim Barber for State Senate.”

Frank Cardinale

Chair

Ulster County Democratic Committee

“Our committee is excited about getting Jim Barber elected to the State Senate. His background as a farmer and small business owner, along with his service on the school board, at the State Department of Agriculture & Markets, and at the USDA will make him an outstanding representative for the people of the 51st District."

Hal McCabe

Mayor, Village of Homer

“I enthusiastically endorse Jim Barber for New York State Senate. As a fifth-generation farmer with a background in agriculture policy, he understands the importance of supporting New York’s family farms and how to make sure that we protect our state’s rich agricultural diversity. And on issues from internet access to rural healthcare challenges, he will be a much needed voice for upstate interests in the Democratic majority.”

Don Barber

Brooktondale, NY

"Having a candidate that has served in public office, is a small business owner, served as the Executive Director of the New York State Farm Service Agency of the USDA; is a 5th generation vegetable farmer and a Democrat is truly the stars aligning running for a vacant seat. And we would benefit from a senator who is in the NYS Senate majority. Jim has the life experiences and temperament that will make him an excellent senator. I strongly endorse Jim Barber for NYS Senate."

Ian Phillips

Chair

Cayuga County Democratic Committee

“Jim Barber has deep roots in his community and all across the district. Members of our committee already knew Jim from the work that he did to build the Farm to School program in New York State - the first in the country and the model for our national program. We are proud to support a candidate like Jim to represent us.”

Kathleen Hayek

Chair

Delaware County Democratic Committee

“Our committee feels strongly that with his background in farming and government service, Jim is the right person to represent the 51st Senate District. He understands the struggles our rural communities face, but also the opportunities to bring sustainable economic development to our small towns and villages.”

Wayne Mellor

Chair

Sustainable Otsego

“Jim Barber will be an excellent Senator and representative for the people of the 51st district. He clearly understands the environmental and land use issues that will continue to affect our region as New York transitions to more carbon free energy.  He also will be a strong voice and supporter of building our local economy and the issues facing rural, upstate communities. He is the right choice for our region in 2020.”

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