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State Rep. John Barrett Shares Accomplishments, Dissapointments With First Legislative Session

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JD Allen

Massachusetts State Representative John Barrett headed to Beacon Hill after a special election victory last November to finish out the late Gailanne Cariddi’s term. After 26 years as the mayor of North Adams, the Democrat had a lot to learn about life in the statehouse. With the his first legislative session behind him, Barrett tells WAMC he’s learned a lot.

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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