Experience asset in race to unseat Stefanik, says Cobb
Former St. Lawrence County lawmaker is among growing field of Democratic candidates
By Pete DeMola
September 18, 2017
POTSDAM — A group of college students, most of them from China, sat around a table and chanted in unison, following the lead of their teacher, who was brimming with enthusiasm:
I don’t care about expensive things
Cashmere coats, diamond rings
Don’t mean a thing
All I care about is love
Foreign students enunciating lines from the hit musical “Chicago” probably isn’t unheard of at English as a second language classrooms across the country.
But most teachers probably are not running for Congress.
Meet Tedra Cobb, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for New York’s 21st Congressional District.
Since 2003, Cobb has worked as a strategic planning and organizational consultant.
Cobb served on the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators from 2002-2010, representing Canton, Potsdam and Madrid, making her the only candidate in the growing primary field to have held elected office as a legislator. (A primary opponent, Ronald Kim, served as Saratoga’s public safety commissioner from 2006-09.)
“I’m running first and foremost because I believe that government should be working for the people,” Cobb said. “And if it’s not, then get out of the way.”
Cobb cited “affordable and portable” healthcare as one of her chief concerns, and the catalyst for her to announce her candidacy in July.
“That was the first domino,” she said.
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