A local government panel has named state Assembly candidate Teresa Sayward its "Outstanding Local Official" for 2002.
The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board presented the award to Sayward at a ceremony in Long Lake on Wednesday.
"She's been good support for the people in the Adirondacks in general," said Lloyd Moore, a St. Lawrence County legislator who heads the review board.
The state-appointed panel monitors the actions of the Adirondack Park Agency and is made up of representatives from 12 counties in the Adirondack region.
Sayward, town supervisor in Willsboro, is running for the state Assembly seat being vacated by Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury.
She is running in a party primary against former Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava and Moreau town Councilman Theodore "Todd" Kusnierz Jr.
Scozzafava already has the Conservative line in the general election.
Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow will face Preston Jenkins Jr., an accountant from South Glens Falls, in a Democratic primary.
Jenkins already has the Working Families party line.
Robin Barkenhagen, a retail manager from Glens Falls, is running on the Green Party line.
Moore said the award is coincidental with Sayward's candidacy. "But we wish her luck, certainly," he added.
According to a press release from Sayward's campaign, the award in part recognizes her role in developing Noblewood Park in Willsboro.
In a joint project with the town and environmental groups that received state and federal grant funding, the Adirondack Nature Conservancy bought 95 acres of private land in Willsboro in the late 1990s and then sold 64 acres to the town, Sayward said. The town's parcel contains 3,500 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline.