Cobb Formally Announces 2nd Challenge To StefanikPosted: Updated:
Tedra Cobb, who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik last year, is going to try again.
Cobb, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for the 21st congressional seat Monday morning.
"I want people to know that this is a choice between the status quo, someone who hasn't helped us, and someone who really has a deep commitment to solving the problems in our community," Cobb said by phone Monday.
“Northern New York deserves a representative who will put partisan politics aside and fight to reduce the cost of health care, protect our air and water, improve our infrastructure and economy, and reduce the influence of corporations and billionaires in Washington,” Cobb said in a release.
"It’s time for a change," the release continued. "Over the next 18 months, I will have conversations with people across this district about what they need and deserve from their next member of Congress. I hope to earn their votes."
The formal announcement follows a statement of candidacy her campaign filed in February.
Cobb lost to Stefanik last November by more than 15 percent. At the time, Cobb vowed she'd run again.
On Twitter Monday morning, Stefanik said she's looking forward to running on her accomplishments.
"In 2018, between resistance and results, North Country voters overwhelmingly chose results," she wrote. "After winning by the largest margin of any Congressional Republican in the Northeast, I look forward to running once again on my record of delivering results against far-left resistance."
Her campaign also released an attack ad Monday morning called "Taxin' Tedra Cobb's Greatest Hits."
Stefanik is currently in her third term. The election is in November 2020.
But Cobb says Stefanik's voting record has harmed the district and she thinks it's time for someone new to take the seat.
Given another chance, Cobb plans to focus on one word: 'more.'
"I think that I need to do more and that's why a second run is so important. That more people need to know who I am and more people also need to know the votes that Elise Stefanik has made that harm people," she said.
We reached out to Stefanik's office, but there was no further comment outside of her ad and tweet.
Before running for Congress, Cobb served two terms on the St. Lawrence County Legislature, formed a nonprofit organization called St. Lawrence Health Initiative, and started a small consulting business.
There are 46,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats voters in the district, which spans across northern New York from the Vermont border to Lake Ontario and as far south as Saratoga Springs.