Written by Avery Bower in the Press-Republican on August 14, 2020

TO THE EDITOR: Districts like NY-21 are rare. They decide the balance of the House of Representatives and directly influence the direction of our country.

It’s a lot to put on anyone in a normal year and everything we’ve gone through this year only makes the pressure worse.

In discussions with friends about how to vote in this election, my moderate friends have always run into the same conundrum. Do they vote for a Democrat because they’d prefer to see Trump gone, or do they vote for a moderate Republican because that’s where they most closely align? It’s a difficult decision to make.

What I always tell these friends, and what I am writing to tell you all, is always stick to your values. The rest of the country can shift the balance for all we care, but you are the ones that live in this district. Vote for what’s best for NY-21 and ignore all the noise.

The reality is that we know our two candidates very well: Elise Stefanik is a Republican who has faithfully served our district for six years and her opponent has been in lock-step with the progressive wing of the Democratic party.

Right now there isn’t accountability that Cobb will break with her party and advocate for NY-21. The candidate in this race that is willing to make sacrifices for her district is Elise Stefanik. If you are a moderate, I can promise you that you won’t get better than Stefanik when it comes to being heard.

It’s a difficult choice we’re faced with. But it’s something you have to make in November. I hope this perspective from a moderate helps that decision in any way.



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