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Haskell and Wood to debate Thurman issues

The Thurman Town Hall will be the site of a Meet the Candidates Night set for 7 p.m. Oct. 22. The event is to feature a face-off between two candidates for Town Supervisor, in an election campaign that has been contentious. Citizens attending should plan on arriving early, as the hall’s total capacity is limited to 180 people.

The Thurman Town Hall will be the site of a Meet the Candidates Night set for 7 p.m. Oct. 22. The event is to feature a face-off between two candidates for Town Supervisor, in an election campaign that has been contentious. Citizens attending should plan on arriving early, as the hall’s total capacity is limited to 180 people. Photo by Thom Randall.

— By mid-summer however, Haskell, stepped back from such commitments, saying instead he would evaluate the two issues closely.

The two Republicans faced off in the September G.O.P. primary, and Haskell won handily in a 159-78 vote tally.

In November, Wood will be listed on the ballot on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence lines. John Haskell will be listed as the Republican candidate as well as an independent.

Haskell’s ability to assume office, if elected, has not yet been settled, as legal experts are divided on the issue. Haskell was removed from his supervisor post after his 2008 conviction for Defrauding the Government, a felony.

In the Oct. 22 debate, candidates will make statements, as well as respond to written questions submitted by the public to the debate moderator before the session begins, League member Ilana Morgan of Warrensburg said.

“We won’t be allowing any personal attacks,” she said Monday Oct. 14.

The forum will also feature highway superintendent candidates: incumbent Republican Patrick Wood who is challenged by Howard Cook, an independent.

Morgan said she would also be inviting the three candidates for two town board seats: incumbent Charles Bills, challenged by contractor Mike Eddy (Rep., Ind. ) who has voiced support for Haskell, and newcomer Daniel E. Smith (Rep., Ind.). Smith and Eddy both won wide margins over Bills in the September G.O.P primary election.

Haskell offered his thoughts Monday about the upcoming forum.

“I am definitely looking forward to this,” he said.

Wood voiced a similar sentiment.

“This will be a good opportunity for local citizens to submit questions, and obtain answers so they can make a more informed decision over whom to vote for,” she said. “I have a feeling that next Tuesday will be a very, very busy night.”

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