May 24, 2018 Editorial, Press

Letter: Tedra Cobb is hardworking and determined

“We needed to find someone who would not cave to political expediency at the expense of the people she was elected to serve, someone who is unafraid to look people in the eye, to listen and learn from what they have to say. Someone who is committed to solving problems in ways that bring people together rather than drive them apart. The first person I thought of was Tedra Cobb.”


We needed to find someone who would not cave to political expediency at the expense of the people she was elected to serve, someone who is unafraid to look people in the eye, to listen and learn from what they have to say. Someone who is committed to solving problems in ways that bring people together rather than drive them apart. The first person I thought of was Tedra Cobb.

I first met Tedra in the early 1990s when I was working for what was then Hepburn Hospital. Tedra had come to the hospital to discuss the new AIDS Education and Outreach Program that she was helping get off the ground. She worked with that program for years, crossing the north country to provide education and prevention services to anyone in need.

Before long, the breadth of need that she saw led to the creation of the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative where she worked to secure state and federal funding for desperately needed preventive screening and care. The Tedra I knew then was tireless in her commitment to helping others and to working hard to pull people and resources together to solve problems. She was no less dedicated and hardworking as a county legislator, running against a popular local dairy farmer who was vice chairman of the board, and winning because of her determination to meet people on their terms, going door to door to hear them out, to listen and to learn how she might bridge differences and widen the common ground where problems can be solved.

This is the Tedra Cobb I still know and whom my wife, Louise, and I are supporting because she knows what it takes to raise a family and scramble to make a living in the north country, because she has spent her lifetime working hard to bridge differences and solve problems in ways that make this a better place to live, and because we believe she is precisely the kind of person we need in Washington, now more than ever before.

Mark Scarlett
Rossie

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