Clinton Republican to challenge Barrett again for Assembly seat

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TOWN OF CLINTON – In a rematch of the 2020 election, Republican Dean Michael has announced that he will once again challenge Democrat Assemblywoman Didi Barrett for the 106th Assembly District in the 2022 elections.


In the 2020 election, Michael lost to the incumbent Barrett by approximately 10,000 votes.  The district currently encompasses parts of Columbia and Dutchess counties.  


“Nothing has changed since the last run, and if anything, the state is now in crisis mode,” Michael said.


The former Town of Clinton councilman said that many of this year’s 100,000 overdose deaths were the result of the state’s stringent COVID-19 restrictions.  He also faults Barrett for the rising crime rate that he says is a consequence of “so-called bail reform, discovery restrictions, and the defund the police movement,” that Barrett supported.  “We need strong leadership to correct the misguidance we’ve been receiving,” he said.  


Michael served 14 years on the Clinton Town Board, four of those as deputy supervisor. He was chairman of the town’s bipartisan re‐zoning committee and acted as liaison to the highway, planning, and zoning boards. 

In addition to membership in many organizations, Michael serves as a director for the Mid‐Hudson Mortgage Bankers Association and the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency.