Press Release—March 4, 2020
SAM Party of New York Chairman Michael Volpe announced the endorsement of Evelyn Wood for Assembly, in the 114th District. Wood, the former Supervisor of Thurman, switched her party registration to SAM and is running solely on the SAM Party line.
“I’m running because I feel we need more representation for the average people in the district. Regular, everyday people believe they are not represented in Albany. They deserve and need representation,” said Wood, who is running for an open Assembly seat in a three-way contest where her third -party candidacy has a chance at a breakthrough victory.
SAM-NY Chairman Volpe said. “Evelyn Wood is looking for a way to break through partisan politics to get results for her community. She is running a different kind of campaign, that comes with a more independent promise to voters and comes with a message of putting people first and not party loyalty. We welcome her to the SAM party and proudly endorse her for Assembly.”
Wood, who served from 2010-2017 as Town Supervisor in Thurman, began to explore a run for Assembly and discovered the SAM Party. “I looked into the SAM party and felt strongly that their message of representing people, and transparency in government, and making change in government for the people is a great message and something I’ve always tried to do. SAM more accurately represents why I want to serve the people . What I found is that there is too much concern about what the party wants and not enough about what the people need.”
Wood opposes a new state election law which attempts to deprive them of official party status by requiring all of New York State’s political parties to run a Presidential candidate in this year’s election (2020), and receive 2% of the total vote or 130,000 votes, whichever is greater, in order to maintain their state-wide ballot line.
“I really don’t think we should limit political discourse. It’s tough enough to run for office right now. This discourages involvement and concentrates too much power with the Democrats and Republicans. We should be encouraging the best and brightest to serve our country and our state.”
The SAM Party of New York has sued Governor Cuomo, leaders of the New York Legislature, and the leaders of the New York State Board of Elections in Federal Court alleging that the new law is a violation of the party’s and its members’ Constitutional rights.
Wood wants to bring her experience in controlling taxes and spending on the local level, and her work on infrastructure, to Albany. “Some parts of the district have no internet or cell service. We also need to work on water and sewer service. It’s vital and will help our communities grow and thrive.”
In May 2011, a huge storm hit Thurman, wiping out many roads and bridges. After rebuilding, Hurricane Irene destroyed parts of the town a second time. “I am the only candidate who has successfully handled a natural disaster. We helped our people out and managed to rebuild our roads and bridges. We worked with FEMA to make sure we wouldn’t wash out again, and we did it without raising taxes or going into debt.”
“I will seek out and advocate for proper budgeting in Albany. They spend their one -shot revenues and kick the can down the road. Practical people don’t budget like this and I won’t stand quietly by if it continues to happen,” said Wood.
Wood supports term limits for elected officials because “I don’t think that once you are in office you belong there for life. You become detached from the real problems and its good to bring a fresh set of eyes to look at problems.”
As she campaigns and speaks with voters, Wood, who works in medical claims for a health care company, says “The people are frustrated by the disconnect, and they don’t believe anyone is listening to them. Some are giving up and leaving the state because they are worried about the future.”
Wood has won election as an independent before. In her first run for office, for Supervisor in 2010, Wood created her own party line and won. “I did it on my own before, and I managed to win. Every one of my elections has been contested, and we encourage everyone to vote. Turnout is high in my town. We need to hold onto the rights we have and vote.”
After serving for seven years, Wood stepped down for health reasons. Now with a clean bill of health, she is ready to return to public service. “I feel good and I’m ready to get back in. Serving is rewarding, because you can make a difference to the people you help. I have familiarity in the district. The people here know me and have seen my work. Let’s put common sense and real people into government”
The 114th District runs north from Glens Falls to Lake Placid.
Dan Murphy, SAM-NY Communications 914-714-4370, firstname.lastname@example.org