Harold Townley fired back in statements about Wood's candidacy, questioning Wood's employment background and experience.
"He doesn't have any experience, and I don't know where he's coming from to think he's qualified to run a town," said Townley.
"He's never even run a business. Where is he working right now?"
According to Wood's resume, submitted to the press with his campaign packet, he is currently a retail associate with Burnt Hills Hardware.
Townley said his reactions to Wood are not personal.
"I don't dislike anyone, but I don't like what he's written, and I think at board meetings he has been disrespectful to the board," said Townley. "But he has a right to force a primary if that's what he feels he needs to do."
Meanwhile, in the Democrat's corner, party chairman Pat Southworth announced two weeks ago that his wife, Patti Southworth, will run for supervisor on their ticket. Patti Southworth also announced she had received the Independence Party endorsement last week.
Pat Southworth said he knows Wood well, and welcomes his participation in the long campaigning process ahead.
"It will be a good, fair race," said Pat Southworth. "The people have a right to a choice in elected officials."