A family farmer who has working experience with government farm agencies, will seek the New York State Senate seat for the 51st District. Jim Barber, of Middleburgh, NY, will make an official announcement of his candidacy on December 14th. Barber is a Democrat and will face Republican incumbent James Seward.
Barber had previously been New York State’s executive Director of the U.S.D.A.’s Farm Service Agency. He also has been a special assistant to the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.
Seward was first elected to the State Senate in 1987. He has not yet formally announced his intention to seek another term, but he is expected to run for re-election in 2020.