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Massachusetts State Rep. John Barrett Talks Spectrum, Budget, Education

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JD Allen
State Rep. John Barrett of the 1st Berkshire District.

Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett now serves as the Democratic State Representative for the 1st Berkshire District of Massachusetts. He’s been in office since November 2017, after winning a special election following the death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi. After 26 years at the head the smallest city in the commonwealth, the 71-year-old is now tackling statewide politics. He spoke with WAMC about the impact of the new state budget on northern Berkshire County.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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