Tedra Cobb touts experience in Congressional primary
Bruce Gyory, a Democratic consultant not working on the race, said the lead in signatures and base of volunteers are the sign of a good campaign organization. This ground game, he said, will likely have a disproportionate affect on the primary results because the turnout will be so low.
May 27, 2018
CANTON – The motivation behind Tedra Cobb’s first run for local office and her current bid for Congress is hard to miss.
Hearing the 50-year-old Democrat talk about the events that led her to challenge an incumbent county legislator in 2001 is eerily reminiscent of the Democratic critique that U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik doesn’t act with her constituents in mind.
“I felt the person that I was running against didn’t understand the challenges we were facing in the district,” Cobb said.
She had that same sort of epiphany about Stefanik in May of last year, when the two-term incumbent voted for the American Health Care Act, a Republican alternative to Obamacare that eventually died in the U.S. Senate. Cobb believes the legislation could have been devastating for the region, costing people their health insurance and weakening the heath care industry.
“The parallel is the lack of representation,” Cobb said. “She votes against our interest.”
Having lived, worked and raised a family in the North Country for more than 30 years, Cobb feels she is in the best position to represent the people of the 21st Congressional District, a 12-county expanse across the Adirondacks. She describes the people she wants to represent as fiercely independent, but deeply committed to the well-being of their community.
Her political positions don’t deviate much from the four other Democrats still vying to take on Stefanik in November. “I think we’re very similar on issues,” she said.
Where she stands out, in her opinion, is her resume and lived experiences.
While all the candidates advance environmentally friendly policies, Cobb said she is the only one who lived off the grid and touts her hybrid car.
All the candidates want to expand access to health care, but Cobb says she has a record of helping the uninsured access health services. She helped grow a community health agency that provided preventative screening and follow-up care.
After going back to school for a master’s degree, Cobb launched her own firm that provides businesses with staff development and strategic planning services.
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