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Assemblymember Barrett Endorses Volkmann for Sheriff and Coleman for Coroner


Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D- Columbia, Dutchess) announced today that she is endorsing Peter Volkmann for Columbia County Sheriff and Dr. Andrea “Cricket” Coleman for Columbia County Coroner.


“I am pleased to endorse Peter Volkmann for Columbia County Sheriff and Dr. Andrea “Cricket” Coleman for Columbia County Coroner. Peter has spent years helping those struggling with substance abuse and drug addiction; he will bring a fresh perspective to tackling Columbia County’s opioid crisis head-on. Dr. Coleman is a highly qualified and experienced forensic pathologist who will bring care and professionalism to the County Coroner’s office. Columbia County will be well-served under their leadership.”


Peter Volkmann has done more to confront the opioid crisis in Columbia County than any other person. As chief of the Chatham Police Department, he created the Chatham Cares 4U (CC4U) initiative that, since its inception in July 2016, has already enabled 130 people struggling with drug addiction to get off their drugs immediately and start the road to rehabilitation. Two-thirds of these motivated people coming through CC4U have never had a brush with the legal system and most of them are unemployed. By helping them get off drugs, Volkmann is giving them a better chance to become the law-abiding, gainfully employed citizens they want to be. Volkmann has also promoted transparency in his police department through the use of car and body cameras and, enhanced community involvement with his “Your Cop” program and his Active Shooter Action Program for schools, businesses and communities.


Dr. Coleman is the most qualified person ever to run for coroner in Columbia County. She is a trained forensic pathologist with 10 years’ experience as a senior medical examiner with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, where she performed approximately 1,500 autopsies. She has the ability to expertly determine the cause of death, to decide whether an autopsy is required and to counsel bereaved families with compassion and knowledge.