Local business strategist and former St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra L. Cobb is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 21st Congressional District next year.
In announcing her run Tuesday, Ms. Cobb, 49, said rural health care will be one of the primary focuses of her campaign, and she called out U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, for her vote in support of the American Health Care Act. The AHCA, passed by the House in early May, aims to cut over $800 billion in Medicaid funding, which north country hospitals rely on to operate.
“It’s about keeping our system alive,” she said. “Health care is a huge industry in this region.”
She also noted the need to crack down on opioid smuggling and provide more funding for heroin addiction treatment.
Ms. Cobb, who is president and owner of business development company Tedra L. Cobb & Associates, served as a county legislator for District 8 in St. Lawrence County for eight years, ending her service on the Board of Legislators in 2010. She had also served as vice chairwoman of the board during her tenure. Additionally, she served as convener for the St. Lawrence Energy Alliance, a community coalition working to assist low-income residents in winter months and is a member of the North Country Health Systems Redesign Commission.
She will be at the Savory Downtown in Watertown from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday to meet with constituents, and she will travel throughout the district later this week for additional meetings. She noted that she plans to hold open town hall meetings throughout her campaign.
Ms. Cobb lives in Canton with her husband, Scott Shipley, owner of Northern Light Energy Inc., and their two children, Ansel and Aida.
Mrs. Cobb is now the third Democrat to enter the race, the others being Patrick Nelson, Glens Falls, and Katie K. Wilson, Keene.
Mr. Nelson, a 27-year-old Democrat and former Bernie Sanders delegate from Saratoga County, announced his run for the 21st Congressional District seat earlier this year. Ms. Wilson, who owns a consignment shop in Keene, announced her bid last week.
Green Party Matthew J. Funiciello intends to run for a third time.