Tedra Cobb Enters Race for Congress
Former St. Lawrence County Legislator Challenges Stefanik’s Record for North Country
“Rural healthcare is on the chopping block and time is running out.”
July 4, 2017, Village of Norwood, NY – Tedra Cobb, 49 of Canton celebrated America’s 241st birthday by launching her campaign for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New York’s twenty-first Congressional District. She’s marching in the parade here today with local Democrats.
“Elise Stefanik is a nice person, but Washington has changed her more than she has changed Washington. Elise has made too many mistakes too soon.
“Rural healthcare is on the chopping block and time is running out. Elise voted for a healthcare law that will close hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout New York. This isn’t theoretical, by destroying the healthcare system in rural New York, we stand to lose access to lifesaving care and the jobs that come with it. We need more focus on fighting smuggled opioids from China and Mexico and more money to treat those already addicted. Elise voted to cut Medicaid expansion for mental health and addiction.
“My priority is to protect our way of life. In Congress, that means securing the homeland, fighting bad trade deals, ensuring that our military has clear missions with a path to success and way home afterward, attracting investment and job creation to New York and making sure our senior citizens have the chance to live with dignity and respect with the help of Social Security and Medicare,” said Cobb.
Tedra is a business consultant and former elected official with deep experience in strategic planning, program development, communication, and training. Her clients are diverse organizations ranging from government, corporations, and small businesses to not-for-profit organizations.
Tedra served the public on the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators and served as Vice Chair, was on the Office of the Aging Advisory Board and Chaired the Government Review Committee. Tedra also served as convener for the St. Lawrence Energy Alliance, a community coalition working to assist low-income residents get safely through the winter months.
Tedra has served as an appointed Member of the NY State Committee on Open Government. In 2014, she was an appointed Member of the State of NY – North Country Health Systems Redesign Commission whose mission was to create an effective, integrated delivery system to provide preventive, medical, behavioral, and long-term care services to all communities throughout New York’s North Country.
Tedra lives in Canton with her husband, Scott Shipley, who owns Northern Light Energy, Inc. and specializes in residential solar installation. They have two children, Ansel, a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase and Aida, a student at Cornell University.
Tedra is kicking off her official campaign by meeting with people throughout the district. She will be in Watertown on July 6 at the Savory from 5-7pm. and on July 7, she will hold two meet and greets. She will be at Spektor Coffee House, Glens Falls, at 11am on Thursday and at Sweeney’s in (70 Broad Street) Schuylerville at 2pm. People are welcome to meet her at either location. Finally, she will be attending the Voters for Change Progressive Summer Camp in Meacham Lake on Saturday, July 8.