Wednesday, September 26, 2012
KINGSTON, N.Y. — Republican state Assembly candidate David Byrne has won the Independence Party primary election, knocking incumbent Assemblywoman Didi Barrett from the line.
In unofficial results, Byrne defeated Barrett 192 to 175.
His victory is significant because Byrne of Milan ran as a write-in candidate against Barrett, D-Millbrook, who had the Independence Party endorsement in the race for the new 106th Assembly District.
Barrett was elected to the103rd Assembly District seat in a special election in March but as a result of redistricting is running in the newly created 106th District which comprises portions of Dutchess and Columbia counties, including the Northern Dutchess towns of Hyde Park, Clinton, Milan and Pine Plains and the southern Columbia County towns of Germantown, Livingston and Clermont.
Barrett will hold the Democratic line in the November election.