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Teresa Sayward

Another Republican candidate has dropped out of the race to replace State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.

Thurman Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood withdrew Tuesday, saying she would not endorse any of the remaining candidates.

Her action leaves Queensbury Town Supervisor Dan Stec and former Glens Falls City Mayor Robert Regan still vying to take the seat now held by Sayward (R-Willsboro), who is retiring at the end of the year.

Republican committees in Essex, Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties have all endorsed Stec. The Conservative Party committees of Essex and Warren counties have also tapped him as candidate.

Sayward, herself, has also endorsed Stec to succeed her.

"Dan Stec knows the issues, knows our region and knows how crucial it is that our next Assembly member be a strong, passionate and outspoken advocate for North Country families," she said in a news release.

"Most important, Dan knows that public service is a public trust, a trust that must be earned every single day."

With redistricting, Sayward's district is set to become the 114th District, covering all of Essex and Warren counties and northern Saratoga and Washington counties.

No Democrats have yet announced a run for the seat.

Several Republican contenders previously withdrew from the race or decided not to run.

"Many of the local people are happy with the job I'm doing and are glad I decided to stay in the town supervisor's post," Wood said in a statement.

"I hope that the next Assembly representative concentrates on the pressing issues here in the Adirondacks, like broadband access, job development, economic prosperity and keeping our sons and daughters from leaving the area. It is important to area families that their youth are able to stay here, work at good jobs and are able to raise their families here."

During last year's floods, Wood was praised for her leadership in helping Thurman recover from an estimated $7 million in property damage.

Email Lohr McKinstry at: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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