CANTON — As the new Democratic-controlled House takes office, Tedra L. Cobb is back to freelance consulting, working out of the wood-heated, wood-paneled house she built with her husband. The snowy fields outside, dotted with fence posts and solar panels, concealed from the road behind a screen of trees, could not be less like the fanaticism of D.C. — or more north country.

In the months since her unsuccessful bid to win the 21st Congressional District from U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, Ms. Cobb has had time to reflect and plan for her next run in 2020. According to Ms. Cobb, the campaigning itself — meeting people face-to-face around the district — felt natural.

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