“For decades, Jim has been an anchor in the Schoharie County community. From providing the very best produce grown on his family farm to his service on the local school board and at the USDA, Jim has the experience and commitment to get things done and will make an excellent state senator. And as the only full time farmer in the State Senate, he will bring an important voice.”
Former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agricutlure and Markets
Former New York State Senator
“I am very happy to endorse Jim in his candidacy for the New York State Senate. I have known Jim for many years through our work together representing farmers and our rural communities. With his government and public service experience, I know that Jim will be an excellent advocate for farmers and upstate communities in the New York State Senate, and will bring a thoughtful, measured approach to policy. He has my full support.”
Congressman Paul Tonko
New York's 20th Congressional District
"We have in Jim Barber, a candidate who would be the first working farmer in the State Senate. It's a great opportunity."
Ulster County Democratic Committee
“Our committee is excited about getting Jim Barber elected to the State Senate. His background as a farmer and small business owner, along with his service on the school board, at the State Department of Agriculture & Markets, and at the USDA will make him an outstanding representative for the people of the 51st District."
Mayor, Village of Homer
“I enthusiastically endorse Jim Barber for New York State Senate. As a fifth-generation farmer with a background in agriculture policy, he understands the importance of supporting New York’s family farms and how to make sure that we protect our state’s rich agricultural diversity. And on issues from internet access to rural healthcare challenges, he will be a much needed voice for upstate interests in the Democratic majority.”
"Having a candidate that has served in public office, is a small business owner, served as the Executive Director of the New York State Farm Service Agency of the USDA; is a 5th generation vegetable farmer and a Democrat is truly the stars aligning running for a vacant seat. And we would benefit from a senator who is in the NYS Senate majority. Jim has the life experiences and temperament that will make him an excellent senator. I strongly endorse Jim Barber for NYS Senate."
Cortland County Democratic Committee
“We see in Jim Barber a candidate who truly understands the needs of our upstate communities, small business owners, and working people. He knows first hand that our rural communities can thrive with smart investments and policies that make government work better for regular people.”
Otsego County Legislator
"I am proud to endorse Jim Barber for New York State Senate in the 51st District. I have worked with Jim on agricultural issues in Otsego County and believe that he has the business acumen, policy knowledge, and skill set necessary to represent Otsego County in the Senate majority."
Cherry Valley Democratic Committee
Co Chairs, Kat Chiba & Dennis Laughlin
“With his deep roots in our rural communities and his many years of public service, Jim Barber is the right person to represent us in the State Senate. He understands that we need to have a strong voice advocating for our small towns and villages, making sure that we get the resources that we need. Cherry Valley Democrats are proud to unanimously endorse Jim Barber for State Senate.”
Cayuga County Democratic Committee
“Jim Barber has deep roots in his community and all across the district. Members of our committee already knew Jim from the work that he did to build the Farm to School program in New York State - the first in the country and the model for our national program. We are proud to support a candidate like Jim to represent us.”
Delaware County Democratic Committee
“Our committee feels strongly that with his background in farming and government service, Jim is the right person to represent the 51st Senate District. He understands the struggles our rural communities face, but also the opportunities to bring sustainable economic development to our small towns and villages.”