Tedra Cobb pledges to be ‘independent voice’

From an article on the The Leader Herald website published 10/14.
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JOHNSTOWN — Democratic Congressional candidate Tedra L. Cobb made a campaign stop in the city Thursday, telling seniors she’ll be an independent voice in Washington D.C., free of high-priced political donors and groups like the NRA.

“I’m not going to be beholden to anyone but you,” Cobb stated.

The candidate spoke for 60 minutes at the Johnstown Senior Center, in an event sponsored by the Johnstown 50 Plus Club.

She told the group she gets “zero dollars” from pharmaceutical and insurance companies, or Wall Street. People beholden to those entities are “what’s wrong with Congress,” she said.

“That’s my commitment today and that will be my commitment going forward,” Cobb said.

Cobb is running for the 21st Congressional District seat currently occupied by Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of Willsboro. The congresswoman also made several appearances Thursday in Fulton County.

The 12-county district includes all or parts of Fulton, Hamilton, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties. Voters will decide between incumbent Stefanik and challenger Cobb in the Nov. 6 general election.

Hailing from Canton, Cobb noted she has been in the Fulton County area eight to 10 times since she began running a year ago. The St. Lawrence County woman — who ran a community health agency and is a former county legislator — captured the 21st Congressional District’s Democratic nomination June 26 by defeating five opponents: Dylan Ratigan, Katie Wilson, Emily Martz, Patrick Nelson, and Don Boyajian.

Cobb gave a brief biographical sketch of herself, and went on to discuss some issues impacting the expansive, mostly rural 21st Congressional District.

“I’m not here to take away the Second Amendment,” Cobb said. “But I believe we can protect society and legal gun owners. That’s not complicated. I am an avid supporter of your rights. But I am also an avid supporter of the health and safety of your community.”

Cobb said Stefanik is a sponsor of concealed gun legislation, and is part of the Congress that cuts funding for mental health.

“This district is not just an area on a map for me,” the candidate said.

She stated: “I’m here today because Elise Stefanik has turned her back on the people she’s supposed to protect.” She claimed her opponent has voted in Congress to kick 64,000 people off the Affordable Care Act, known commonly as Obamacare. She told seniors that Stefanik also wants to privatize Social Security and make Medicare a voucher system.

“This is not about me being nice or not nice,” she said.

Cobb said she’s against negative campaigning, “but I will speak out about that person’s record.” Cobb said she wants to represent only the interests of 21st Congressional District residents.

“This district is pretty much rural America,” she said.

In a question and answer period, Cobb stressed she tries to be as open as she can with voters.

“We all want a voice,” she said. “And we want our representatives to listen to us.”

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