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Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood confirms Assembly candidacy

Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood answers a question from a reporter during her town hall press conference, called Wednesday March 14 to announced that she's confirming her candidacy for the state Assembly seat of Teresa Sayward, who's retiring at the end of December.

Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood answers a question from a reporter during her town hall press conference, called Wednesday March 14 to announced that she's confirming her candidacy for the state Assembly seat of Teresa Sayward, who's retiring at the end of December. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Standing in the rear of the town hall, Thurman lumber mill owner Gary Martin listened to her defend her candidacy despite her short political tenure.

“She’s the right candidate, because she hasn’t been in politics long enough to be tainted,” he said. “She absolutely understands Adirondack issues at a very ground level.”

Two of the top issues facing Adirondackers, Wood said, are job development and Internet expansion.

“Our district needs job growth and we need to expand Internet access to businesses, communities and families,” she said.

“Reliable Internet access is as necessary as electricity — without it , we cannot compete in the modern world,” she said. “These problems hurt growth and development and are challenges to every person in the district.”

For the past several months, Wood has been working to establish a public-private partnership to broadcast broadband signals throughout Thurman via the new“white space” technology. She’s already spent many hours in negotiations with optic cable providers, grant sources and technology gurus to accomplish the goal of getting all Thurman households connected.

Wood cited two personal characteristics that would be put to use if she were elected to the post — working long hours in tackling tough issues and the ability to see both sides of an issue.

The latter quality, she said, was employed in her accomplishment of reaching an agreement between the town and the local independent emergency medical services agency after the two parties had been at odds for years.

Her hard work ethic, she said, was demonstrated in her response to the disastrous 2011 Memorial Day flash floods, which devastated the town’s roadways and bridges and caused about $7 million in damage.

Since the disaster, state and federal officials have praised her thorough, detailed reports and inventories of the damage incurred.

She said her experience with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its state counterparts would serve the district well, as many towns and county governments are still awaiting state and federal reimbursements for flood damage.

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