Democrat Tedra Cobb on Monday announced she would seek the party’s nomination to run for the sprawling 21st congressional district in the North Country.

This would be Cobb’s second bid for the House seat held by Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is now in her third term.

Cobb, a former member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, won the party’s nomination in 2018, emgerging from a large field of Democratic candidates.

“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 statement. “Congress is broken, and Northern New Yorkers are paying the price. When it comes to the issues that matter most to families in our region, we need more than talk. We need action.”

The district, which encompasses the northern reaches of the state and the Adirondack Park, has generally been considered a Republican stronghold. Democrat Bill Owens held the seat and a predecessor version of the district for six years after winning a closely watched special election in 2009.

Owens retired in 2015.

Stefanik has sought to burnish a profile in Congress after becoming the youngest woman elected to the House of Representatives, seeking to encourage more women to run for office and take an active role in leadership.