Emmy Award-Winning Actress Jane Lynch Endorses Evelyn Farkas for Congress

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that actress, advocate, and philanthropist Jane Lynch has endorsed her campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th congressional district.

"Evelyn is a fighter,” Lynch said. “She was one of the first people to sound the alarm about Russia helping Trump in 2016 and refused to be silenced when the right-wing media tried to retaliate. I know she’ll take that same fighting spirit to Congress to solve the climate crisis, address gun violence, and protect our healthcare. I’m so excited to send Evelyn to Congress.” 

Jane Lynch is best known for her award-winning performances in Glee and as the host of Hollywood Game Night, but she has also been recognized as a major supporter of charitable causes and an outspoken advocate for equality and justice. 

“I’m so excited to have the support of Jane Lynch,” Farkas said. “At this all-hands-on-deck moment in our history, we all need to stand up to protect our Democracy and the most vulnerable among us. I’m honored to have Jane, an ardent advocate for equality, by my side in this fight.”

Lynch’s endorsement adds to a flurry of endorsements for Dr. Farkas from some of America’s most experienced elected leaders. She was recently endorsed by former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for president John Kerry, U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur and Tom Malinowksi, and former U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Bob Graham.  

Farkas, the only candidate in the race with federal legislative experience, is the child of Hungarian refugees and was raised and attended public schools in Westchester.  For nearly three decades, she has represented the United States defending democracy and advancing human rights in the Defense Department, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as Executive Director of the WMD Commission. She was a human rights officer in Bosnia and a professor to Marines.  She has advised former defense secretaries and Senators, including Hillary Clinton. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, Evelyn was responsible for U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. After the 2016 election, she stood up to conservative media to publicly denounce President Trump's corrupt ties to Russia. Most recently, Evelyn was a National Security Contributor on NBC/MSNBC. Farkas earned a bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College, where she is a Trustee, and a master's and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

New York's 17th Congressional District for the United States House of Representatives is located in the Lower Hudson Valley. It includes all of Rockland County and portions of central and northwestern Westchester County, including Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Tarrytown, White Plains, Cortlandt and Yorktown Heights.

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