The 21st Congressional District is the largest — geographically speaking — in the state. It stretches from Glens Falls to Plattsburgh to Watertown. And it includes most of the Adirondack Mountains and Thousand Islands region, and is home to Fort Drum. Tedra Cobb beat out four other Democrats and, come November, will face incumbent Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and candidates representing the Green Party, Working Families Party and an independent.
THE BIG ISSUES
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Rep. Elise Stefanik has held her seat since 2014.
The seat has gained national attention, with President Trump looming over the GOP incumbent. Stefanik doesn't have a primary challenger, but there are five Democrats eager to replace her.
Here is where she stands on the big issues facing the district:
Small business/economy/trade: In favor of reducing government regulation to help business grow. Has supported a strong economic relationship with Canada.
Health care/opioids: Supports interstate purchasing of health insurance and protecting people with pre-existing conditions. She also backs tort reform.
Environment/energy: Favors a nationwide energy policy that encourages American-made energy. Supports an "all of the above" approach to energy, which she says would benefit the North Country economy.
Education: Wants to create opportunities between businesses and schools. Supports extension of federal college loan programs.
Tedra Cobb, a Democrat, is a business owner who lives in Canton. Here is where she stands on the big issues facing the district:
Small business/economy/trade: Encourage small business development. Improve infrastructure. Work with colleges and universities to create training programs matched to existing local jobs. Renewable energy jobs. Immigration policies that support farmers. Increased rural broadband. Protect recreation and tourism.
Health care/opioids: Universal health care. Federal funding for rural hospitals. Increase resources for addiction. Free small businesses from paying for employees' health care. Telehealth technology
Environment/energy: Support resources for the EPA. Invest in green energy economy. Environmental tourism and agritourism.
Education: Make college more affordable. Universal, full-day preschool. Hold charter schools accountable to same standards as public schools.
Katie Wilson, representing the Working Families Party, is a business owner who grew up and still lives in Keene. Here is where she stands on the big issues facing the district:
Small business/economy/trade: Increased access to micro-lending. Free small businesses from paying for employees' health care. Improve infrastructure. Increased broadband. 100% renewable energy jobs. Protect recreation and tourism.
Health care/opioids: Medicare buy-in option as a bridge to universal health care. Supports Planned Parenthood. Push for VA hospital in the district. Increase resources for addiction. Support CHIP and Medicaid.
Environment/energy: End to fossil fuel subsidies. Oppose legislation that threatens our right to clean air and water. Renewable energy.
Education: Expanding BOCES and CV-TEC programs. Hold charter schools accountable to same standards as public schools.
Lynn Kahn, a clinical psychologist, is running on the Green Party line. Here is where she stands on the big issues facing the district:
Small business/economy/trade: Lower fees and taxes while eliminating burdensome small business regulations. Putting in place financial incentives for small businesses.
Health care/opioids: Wants to expand health care and lower medical costs.
Environment/energy: Transition to a clean, sustainable green economy. Move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Establish tax incentives for organic farmers.