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Thurman supervisor candidates come forward

"I intend to establish accountability in town government," she said.

Pitkin is the owner of Warm & Welcome Log Homes and served as the Thurman representative to the Warrensburg Central School Board for five years, including a one-year stint as board vice-president. Also, Pitkin has also served on the Thurman Assessment Review Board.

Harris worked for the U.S. Postal service for 20 years, and served as Athol Postmaster for about 15 of those years.

Harris attented Dekalb College in Atlanta Ga., followed by studies at Adirndack Community College with a major in accounting.

Also, for years she performed accounting and office management duties for a variety of car dealerships in the area.

Pitkin said that if he were chosen, he wouldn't impose an agenda on the public, but he'd listen to the public. "If I was selected by the board I would not view the first year as a mandate from the residents," Pitkin said. "You do not have a mandate until you have been elected by the people - the first year would be spent trying to heal a factionalized community."

A graduate of California State University at Stanislaus with a Bachelors degree in business, Pitkin served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. He moved to Thurman after marrying his wife Debbie, a Thurman native, some 25 years ago.

"The supervisor should work with the board, not be set against them," Pitkin said. "If this town is to begin the healing process we need to first start listening to each other-there are a lot of smart people out there."

Harris has worked for the town in a variety of capacities, including launching a successful youth program that created a good number of jobs in town, and she's lead various volunteer organizations and organized a variety of events, including Old Home Days. Presently, she serves as President of the John Thurman Historical Society, which organizes the annual Fiddler's Jamboree.

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