May 10, 2018 Articles, Press

Tedra Cobb holds conversation in Watertown, capping off week of Jefferson County events

“I’m running because, like you, this is my home,” Ms. Cobb said. “I’ve raised my children here, and I’ve worked for 30 years to improve access to health care and education and promote good business and good government.”

By Abraham Kenmore
Watertown Daily Times
May 10, 2018

WATERTOWN — Capping off three days of events in Jefferson County, Democrat hopeful Tedra L. Cobb met with about 20 residents and one small dog in the Masonic Temple on Wednesday night for an open discussion on her qualifications, goals and policies.

“I’m running because, like you, this is my home,” Ms. Cobb said. “I’ve raised my children here, and I’ve worked for 30 years to improve access to health care and education and promote good business and good government.”

For about an hour, Ms. Cobb took questions from the attendees.

“I feel like what we’re up against doesn’t make sense to a person with a conscience,” asked Clancy Cox, a graduate student. “What are we up against?”

Ms. Cobb talked about the importance to her of reaching out to people who disagree, politically.

“What I try to focus on with each individual person is what we have in common,” she said. “Take a moment, and listen to what the other person is saying.”

Ms. Cobb also brought up what has been a common talking point among Democratic candidates in this race — U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and her alleged absence from the district.

“We’re in a room, we’re having a conversation,” Ms. Cobb said. This face to face communication, Ms. Cobb said, was more important than money raised — Rep. Stefanik has $1.3 million as of last month, while Ms. Cobb has raised $293,000.

Ms. Cobb said if elected, she would want to serve on committees such as Workforce Development, Agriculture, and Armed Services — the last because of Fort Drum.

“It is such a part of the fabric of this district,” she said.

Karen Hall, an area leader for Ms. Cobb who coordinated her Jefferson County petitions, organized the conversation.

“I think she is smart, driven, articulate, compassionate and, most important, she emphasizes consensus building,” she said.

A lifelong independent, Mrs. Hall and her husband registered as Democrats after the election of President Donald J. Trump and began working on Ms. Cobb’s campaign in February.

Another resident wanted to know how Ms. Cobb would stay grounded and true to her goals in Washington, if elected.

“I believe in term limits,” Ms. Cobb said. “I believe I am building an opportunity for the next generation … it’s not a stepping stone for me.”

For some attendees, like Ms. Cox, this was their first time meeting any of the Democratic candidates. Others had seen Ms. Cobb speak several times before, like Shannon Margrey, who attended Ms. Cobb’s event in Carthage the evening before.

“I’m not a fan of Elise,” she said. “I don’t think she represents us, and I think Tedra will.”

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