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Thurman town supervisor drops Assembly bid

April 5, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Thurman town Supervisor Evelyn Wood has dropped out of the race to represent New York's new 114th Assembly District.

Wood, a Republican, said "a lot of factors" were involved in her decision not to run for the seat, which is currently for the 113th District and represented by Willsboro Republican Teresa Sayward.

Sayward announced recently that she will retire at year's end to spend more time with her family. That decision prompted numerous people, including Wood, to test the waters. Several of them have dropped out, and last week Sayward joined many local Republican committees in endorsing Queensbury town Supervisor Dan Stec.

"After weighing everything over the weekend, I decided that I would withdraw," Wood told the Enterprise.

Wood did not endorse either of the two remaining candidates: Stec and former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan, both of whom are Republicans.

"I'm still kind of analyzing that," Wood said of a possible endorsement.

Wood said she will continue to work hard as Thurman's town supervisor. She said she's not sure what the future holds.

"Running for state office down the road is something I would consider if I thought I was an appropriate fit," Wood said. "It really depends on what the future holds and what the circumstances are."

Stec said he's been working with Wood for more than a year on the Warren County Board of Supervisors, which he chairs, and respects her decision to exit the race.

"She's a very thoughtful person, she thinks things through," Stec said. "I'm sure she put a lot of thought into making her decision. I look forward to continuing our work on the county board."

Regan declined to comment on Wood's decision.



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