June 12, 2018 Editorial, Press, Uncategorized

Letter: Tedra Cobb for the 21st District

“Tedra talks a lot about listening to all sides. We can count on her to do just that because it’s not empty rhetoric. She worked across party lines to write an ethics law for St. Lawrence County, served on the New York State Committee on Open Government and has a consulting business that focuses on collaborative change and improving communications, among other things.”

To the editor:

As we watch as the current occupant of the White House, without consulting Congress, overturns critical regulations that protect the environment, consumers and workers, while at the same time claiming that he is above the rule of law and can pardon himself, and then as we consider the record of Elise Stefanik, who is a handpicked protege of GOP career politician Paul Ryan and a member of the House Intelligence Committee that recently pooh-poohed Russian meddling into our elections, it is clear and urgent that we must elect Democrats to stop the runaway Republican power monopoly. Now.

Here in New York’s 21st Congressional District, we Democrats are blessed with several good candidates to choose from in the upcoming primary. I have no doubt that any of these Democrats would ably represent the people of our district (with the exception of gadfly Dylan Ratigan, who didn’t bother to vote in the last presidential election). The question before us on Primary Day, June 26, is: which one of these candidates can take on Elise Stefanik and win?

I am convinced that it’s Tedra Cobb. She’s deeply knowledgeable about health care, very energetic, and she knows the North Country.

Tedra’s experience with health care issues is outstanding. She’s volunteered her time as a board member for several health care organizations, for example, the North Country Children’s Clinic. In addition, she built a business from scratch to provide community-based health care to many. It is crucial that we have a representative in Congress who understands the issues of health care and will fight on the side of the people. Just a few days ago, Trump’s Justice Department announced that health care insurers may resume discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions and Trump will do nothing to stop it.

Second, Tedra talks a lot about listening to all sides. We can count on her to do just that because it’s not empty rhetoric. She worked across party lines to write an ethics law for St. Lawrence County, served on the New York State Committee on Open Government and has a consulting business that focuses on collaborative change and improving communications, among other things.

Third, Tedra can be elected in our traditionally Republican district. She was elected twice in Republican-leaning St. Lawrence County. As I listened to the candidates at the recent forum at the Saranac Lake High School, I was impressed by Tedra’s energy and the active way she listened to the other candidates. Her resume is packed with evidence of community involvement and community accomplishments. She is from the North Country and she will work for the North Country, but we have to get her there first.

Step one is to nominate Tedra on Primary Day, June 26. Step two is to put her head to head with Elise Stefanik. Tedra can and will beat Elise Stefanik.

Ann Munroe Mullen
Saranac Lake

Join Tedra