Thurman races

Candidate for Supervisor:

Lawrence M. "Red" Pitkin (Ic,I)

Address: 837 Zaltz Rd., Athol

Occupation: Thurman Town Supervisor, former log home builder.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Age: 56

Public office now held: Thurman Town Supervisor

Public office held in past: member, Thurman Board of assessment Review, member, Warrensburg Central School Board of Education

Qualifications for office: As Town Supervisor, we have cut town spending and taxes, improved financial controls, and have renovated the Town Hall at minimal cost while respecting its traditions. I'm active on the county Board of Supervisors, advocating common sense, promoting cost-cutting, fairness and integrity. I'm an Air Force veteran and 27-year resident of Thurman with strong family ties to our town.

Leading campaign issues: Do we want Thurman to improve economically while we maintain the small-town values that we hold dear? Do we want a full-time, effective advocate for Thurman on the county Board of Supervisors?

What I'd accomplish if elected: I will only support a county sales tax increase as a last resort to avoid double-digit county property tax increases and only with legal constraints on the use of the revenue. I will advocate long-term planning in Thurman - capital spending, high-speed Internet service and growth consistent with out rural heritage. I will face the tough issues of our time with hard work and integrity.

Candidate for Supervisor:

Thomas "Tuck" Birdsall (R)

Address: 50 Glen-Athol Rd., Athol

Occupation: Professional farrier

Education: AAS in Agriculture, SUNY Farmingdale; further at Cornell University.

Age: 62

Public office now held: Chairman, Thurman Board of Assessors.

Public office held in past: Member, Board of Assessment Review; 15 years of experience as a local local assessor - a total of nine years as chairman of the Board of Assessors.

Qualifications for office: As a resident of Thurman most all of my life, my family has deep roots here. I have extensive knowledge of the town and its attributes, plus knowledge of assessment methodology and taxes. I've run a successful business for 40 years, which has given me skills in financial management and working well with others.

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