ATHOL Citing her deep local heritage and personal experience with Adirondack issues, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood confirmed her intentions this week to run for the state Assembly seat to be vacated in December by Teresa Sayward.
Wood made her announcement Wednesday March 14 at a press conference in the Thurman Town Hall.
Noting that for years she had raised crops and livestock on her family farm and had carried pails of water with a wooden yoke over her shoulders — experience that gave her personal familiarity with the hardships and concerns of Adirondackers — and prepared her to be the best representative for the 113th state Assembly District.
“I have struggled to raise crops — including 600 hills of potatoes — I have worked in a woodlot, worked swing shift in a factory mill, and watched the generation I grew up with leave the area because they need jobs,” she said. “Forestry and farming provide the jobs our area must have to survive — they are deeply rooted parts of our history and heritage and these businesses need help,” she said.
Other declared candidates for the Assembly post are Republicans Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman, former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan, and Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec, who serves as Warren County Board of Supervisors. Democrat Randy Douglas, chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, is also a candidate.
Wood has been in office for less than 15 months, and Stec, who has in years past launched candidacies for both state Assembly and Congress, has been in office for 16 years.
Wood said Wednesday she didn’t view her lack of longevity as an obstacle, although some elder politicians have suggested she hasn’t yet “paid her dues” politically to earn such a run.
“We live in a democracy — citizens aren’t looking for the candidate that’s been in office the longest — we should choose the candidate best for the job,” she said.