Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood examines a document distributed at a recent Warren County committee meeting. Wood, who had been pursuing a state Assembly seat, announced Tuesday April 3 she was withdrawing her candidacy.
Town of Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood has announced that she’s withdrawn her candidacy for the state Assembly post now held by Teresa Sayward, who is retiring as of December.
Wood sent a notice Tuesday April 3 to Warren County Republican Party Chairman officially declaring that she’d dropped out of the race.
Wood’s exit from the race leaves two republicans seeking the seat: Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec and former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan.
Stec has been collecting endorsements from party organizations with ease, while other candidates have struggled to do so, prompting a number of them to drop out.
The Assembly district presently includes all of Warren and Essex counties, and parts of northern Saratoga and northern Washington counties. The G.O.P. committees of these four counties have all endorsed Stec.
He’s also won the endorsements of the Conservative party committees of Warren and Essex counties as well as the nod from the state Independence Party.
In her quest for the Assembly seat, Wood recently made presentations before the Republican committees of Warren, Washington and Essex counties.
The momentum of Stec’s candidacy and a variety of other factors, she said, prompted her to withdraw her candidacy.
Stec has been in public office for 16 years, compared to 15 months for Wood, who had run based on her deep local heritage and experience with Adirondack issues.
She lives on a farm that has been worked by her family since the late 1700s, prior to the formation of Warren County.
She said she hopes that the successful candidate for the Assembly seat fully understands the concerns of Adirondackers and the hardships they endure.
"I hope that the next Assembly representative concentrates on the pressing issues here in the Adirondacks, like broadband access, job development, economic prosperity, and keeping our sons and daughters from leaving the area," she said April 3. "It is important to area families that their youth are able to stay here, work at good jobs, and are able to raise their families here."
Wood said that she is not ready to endorse any other candidate at this time, but may do so later on.
She added that she hasn't lost interest in statewide political service.
"I will be keeping my eye on higher public offices in the future," she said.
She also noted that some residents expressed relief that she'd dropped out of the race, because she could now resume her concentration on local issues, which include extending broadband access through the mountainous, rural town — and rebuilding roads and bridges destroyed in last year's flash-flood episodes that caused about $7 million in damage.
"Town residents want projects done," she said. "Many of the local people are happy with the job I'm doing, and are glad I decided to stay in the town supervisor's post."
She has recently helped prepare several grant applications that if successful would prompt hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid to rebuild the local infrastructure.
"I hope to see these things come to fruition and continue on with my work," she said.