THURMAN - What was a wide-open three-way race for town supervisor in Thurman became a two-way race Friday night as challenger Randall Oppitz (D,C) dropped out of the race due to his career involvement.
Oppitz' departure from the race leaves incumbent Lawrence "Red" Pitkin (Ic., I) to be challenged in November solely by long-time assessor Thomas Birdsall (R).
Oppitz sent the following letter to the Adirondack Journal explaining his action while expressing his views on Thurman politics:
"I want to thank all of my supporters for their endorsements. However, it is with great sadness that I am announcing that I must withdraw my name from the race for Thurman Town Supervisor. I have written a book about energy medicine and was asked by my publisher to clear my schedule for the next two years and plan on traveling the world promoting my book.
"In my bid to become Supervisor I was hoping to bring great change to Warren County by starting a movement to change our public schools from district-directed to county-directed. In so doing we could reduce the number of schools and the redundancy that is resulting in the highest property taxes in the state and country.
"I was also hoping to lead the charge on reducing the Warren County budget by dramatically reducing operational expenses. I would make the system more efficient by bringing the county's computer software and equipment up-to-date. I would promote the reduction in size of the county Sheriff's office to its original mandate - enough deputies to man the jail. It is time for the Town of Queensbury to have its own police force. The supervisors were very short-sighted in approving the building of the new Social Services building - I would rent out the entire building to the private sector. I would also support raising the sales & bed taxes and applying all the taxes collected to property tax relief.
"'Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.' I believe it is time for the politicians of New York, Warren County and Thurman to stop doing the same things and open their minds to new ways of doing things which put our financial house in order and stop the foolish spending!"
Randall Mack Oppitz