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Evelyn Wood of Thurman now a candidate for Sayward’s Assembly post

In mid-2011, Evelyn Wood (center) presides over a Warren County Planning & Community Development Committee meeting in mid-2012.  As  Wood announced her candidacy for state Assembly Sunday, she said her experience chairing this committee would be useful, if elected, in pursuing the objectives of economic development and job growth, particularly in the Adirondacks. County Board of Supervisors Clerk Joan Sady (left) and Warren County Administrator Paul Dusek (right) flank Wood as she conducts the meeting.

In mid-2011, Evelyn Wood (center) presides over a Warren County Planning & Community Development Committee meeting in mid-2012. As Wood announced her candidacy for state Assembly Sunday, she said her experience chairing this committee would be useful, if elected, in pursuing the objectives of economic development and job growth, particularly in the Adirondacks. County Board of Supervisors Clerk Joan Sady (left) and Warren County Administrator Paul Dusek (right) flank Wood as she conducts the meeting. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Town of Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood announced mid-day Sunday that she’s a candidate for the state Assembly post to be vacated this December by Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro).

Wood joins several other area politicians that have expressed interest in running to represent the 113th Assembly District.

Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec announced his candidacy Friday, soon after Sayward publicized her impending retirement. Talk has also circulated that former Glens Falls Mayor Bob Reagan and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas are interested in the post.

Wood, 34, was elected Thurman Supervisor in Nov. 2010 and took office immediately — because her predecessor resigned mid-term. The following November, she was unopposed in her re-election to the two-year post.

Wood said Sunday she was approached several months ago by people outside Warren County asking her if she’d run, and she was reached again Friday by these citizens about launching a candidacy.

She then contacted Warren County Republican Chairman Mike Grasso about running, and said she’d be interested in an interview with county G.O.P. Committee members. She has since sent a letter to the committee, formally asking the committee for their endorsement.

As Wood said that since most of Sayward’s 113th Assembly district is within the Adirondacks, her candidacy was a good fit.

Wood said that if elected, she’d be an effective legislator. Since she has lived in Thurman since birth, she was fully aware of the issues that Adirondackers face, she said.

“As a lifelong resident of the Adirondacks, I’m well aware of the major issues facing our constituents,” she said.

Wood said that Internet access, jobs, economic development and bolstering forest-related employment were the top issues that she’d be lobbying for.

She said that in dealing with the issues of her first two years, she gained valuable experience that she’d put to use if elected to the Assembly.

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