Letter: Cobb a Leader for the 21st District

Tedra again demonstrated her leadership when as a county legislator she led the effort to pass an ethics policy for the county. Not surprising, Elise Stefanik’s attack ads neglected to mention Tedra’s leadership regarding ethical behavior.


Before Tedra Cobb announced her candidacy, I had never heard of her. But my longtime friends in St. Lawrence County who also knew her for years sang her praises. Why became apparent after I met her. Witnessing Tedra’s warm personality and her sincere desire to understand what matters to the people explained how in her first campaign for county legislator, she beat a Republican who was said to be unbeatable.

Tedra is a leader. She secured federal and state funding to establish a community health agency to provide preventive screening and care to hundreds of neighbors without health insurance. Hardworking neighbors, many with low-wage jobs and pre-existing conditions making it impossible to afford or obtain insurance, could now get health care.

Tedra again demonstrated her leadership when as a county legislator she led the effort to pass an ethics policy for the county. Not surprising, Elise Stefanik’s attack ads neglected to mention Tedra’s leadership regarding ethical behavior. After all, Ms. Stefanik does not want to remind voters that at least two-thirds of her campaign chest comes from corporate PACs. In contrast, almost all of Tedra $300,000 contributions come from individuals who reside in the 21st District.

We now have a clear choice this November. We can re-elect Elise Stefanik, who has consistently voted with her party leaders to the detriment of her constituents — most notably her vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would have thrown tens of thousands of her constituents off health insurance. Or we can elect Tedra Cobb, a proven leader in the north country who demonstrated a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of her neighbors. We need to send a leader to Congress, one solely committed to serving the needs of the 21st District.

Richard Spencer, Clayton

From a Letter to the Editor originally published in the Watertown Daily Times, dated July 18, 2018.

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