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.
continued “I want to help farms not only stay viable, but grow,” she said. “And we’ve been losing logging jobs due to state land purchases and other factors, and I want to turn this situation around.”
At home, she and her husband Andrew Hall and her parents nurture a fair-sized plot vegetables, a small number of farm animals as well as two children — Catherine, 7, and Mable, 2.
Although when campaigning in 2010, some political observers were wary of her youth and lack of experience, soon after she was elected, she proved her ability to wield clout — whether it was slashing a town budget, negotiating a contract with the local ambulance squad, or responding to the devastating flash floods. Wood has achieved a reputation of getting things done, applying her strong will to overcome distractions and squelch opposition. She’s used her gavel at town meetings freely, preventing issues from getting sidetracked.
She said her goal-oriented attitude would be put to good use in Albany, if she were elected. She said she’d present a strong voice for local government, including small rural towns.
“Local government is struggling, and we need Albany to help us out,” she said.
“I’ve got the proven ability to look at both sides of an issue and work with others to find a middle path and make it work,” she said. “This is more important than ever.”