Letter: Tedra Cobb the Better Candidate for NY-21

Cobb’s values are rooted in ethics. She is a mature, grounded candidate whose wisdom and charisma enable her to reach across the aisle in search of ethical solutions.


Tedra Cobb is a far better choice than Elise Stefanik to represent the people of the 21st Congressional District.

Cobb is a co-founder of a nonprofit health coalition in St. Lawrence County and a former board member for several area health care agencies. She supports universal, portable health care insurance that allows workers to move between jobs without losing coverage and removes the employer’s burden of providing coverage. By contrast, Stefanik voted to amend the Affordable Care Act; the plan would have left 64,000 constituents in our district alone without coverage. And with the loss of significant Medicaid funds, local health care facilities would have been forced to cut workers.

Cobb’s advocacy for environmental protections and efficient, renewable energy is reflected in the lifestyle she and her husband chose years ago, with the installation of solar panels in their home. If elected, Cobb would work to reverse recent, systematic weakening of environmental protections. Stefanik, meanwhile, has earned a mere 27 percent lifetime approval rating from the League of Conservation Voters for her votes negatively affecting the environment. Recently, Stefanik voted for deep cuts to the EPA, including the repeal of the Clean Water Rule that protects drinking water to one-third of the nation’s population.

Cobb’s values are rooted in ethics. She is a mature, grounded candidate whose wisdom and charisma enable her to reach across the aisle in search of ethical solutions. As a legislator, she led the effort to pass a new ethics law and establish the St. Lawrence County Board of Ethics. As a congressional candidate, her campaign relies on individual donations; she has vowed not to accept any money from corporate PACs. Stefanik, on the other hand, has a campaign coffer of $ 1.6 million thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollars from insurance and pharmaceutical companies as well as from lobbyists. Small wonder Stefanik votes the way she does.

The difference between these two women is stark; Tedra Cobb is clearly the better leader. Yet the critical factor in the success of Cobb’s grass-roots effort is the active involvement of all of us who believe that the preservation of our district, our nation and our world is at stake.

Contact her campaign at www.tedracobb.com; donate; write letters to editors; plant a yard sign; show up at events; connect with other supporters; and spread her message. Then come Nov. 6, let’s show Stefanik the door and vote Tedra Cobb into office.

Karen Hall

Watertown

A Letter to the Editor originally published in the Watertown Daily Times, dated August 9, 2018.

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